Conscious sedation is a form of anxiety control, which makes treatment more pleasant for the patient. It is effective, predictable and very safe.
Conscious sedation is the modern alternative to general anesthesia for most dental procedures. It can be achieved in a number of ways but intravenous sedation is the most commonly used form in adults.
Conscious sedation will make you feel sleepy and relaxed. Most patients can remember little or nothing of the procedure, but it does not affect any part of your memory before the drug is given.
Following your sedation, you will be required to stay at the clinic until the sedationist is satisfied that you are safe to be accompanied home by a responsible adult. This is because your judgment may be affected for anything up to the next 24 hours.
As the drowsiness wears off, you may notice that your mouth is numb. This is because you have been given a local anaesthetic to minimise the initial discomfort following treatment.
Please be careful not to burn or bite yourself until the numbness wears off. This may take several hours.
Conscious sedation is a very powerful and safe way of eradicating anxiety in nervous and phobic patients allowing them to have dental treatment carried out. It can also make the experience of having difficult or prolonged dental treatment far more comfortable.
As with all dentistry, it is important that the patient is as relaxed and confident as possible. That is why we will do everything we can to make your visit for treatment under sedation as comfortable and as pleasant as possible.
However, it is also important for your comfort, health and safety that you follow certain instructions. If you do not understand any of the following instructions or if there is anything making you feel unusually apprehensive about your treatment, please ask one of our staff. Our aim is gentle, comfortable care.
We warmly invite all prospective patients, who are nervous or frightened at the thought of attending the dentist, to first make contact with a member of our Patient Care Coordinator Team. Their role is to offer anything from a friendly chat to full support and advocacy, depending on the individual patient's need.