Conscious Sedation Q&A
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation is a type of sedation dentistry designed to help people who suffer from dental anxiety feel relaxed and comfortable during treatment.
Unlike general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep, conscious sedation only makes you feel groggy. You probably won’t remember the procedure after your appointment, but you can answer Dr. Kheshtchin’s questions if necessary and also follow her instructions.
How does conscious sedation work?
At A&N Dental, Dr. Kheshtchin uses intravenous or IV sedation. IV sedation involves Dr. Kheshtchin carefully administering a needle and IV drip into one of the veins in your arm.
The drip contains a prescription benzodiazepine medication such as Midazolam or Propofol. As the medication enters your bloodstream, it eases your feelings of fear and anxiety, making you feel as though you’re floating.
IV sedation is also unique in that it allows Dr. Kheshtchin to adjust the amount of medication you receive as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable at any point during your procedure, simply let Dr. Kheshtchin know.
Am I a good candidate for conscious sedation?
If you suffer from dental anxiety and you’re in relatively good health, you’re probably a good candidate for conscious sedation.
However, during your initial consultation, it’s important to share any health problems you have as well as any prescription medications or supplements you’re taking.
These factors won’t necessarily disqualify you from conscious sedation, but they may increase your risk of complications, so it’s important that you’re completely open and honest.
Does conscious sedation present any side-effects?
Conscious sedation is safe and well-tolerated, but it takes a few hours to wear off. Following your appointment, you may experience a series of side-effects, including:
- Feelings of heaviness
- Low blood pressure
If you have a sensitive stomach, you might also feel nauseous.
Can I drive home after conscious sedation?
No. Following your appointment at A&N Dental, you’ll want to have a friend or family member available who can drive you home. You’ll feel groggy for the rest of the day so it’s important to take at least a half-day off of work or school.
If you’re interested in learning more about conscious sedation, make an appointment at A&N Dental by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.