What is Conscious Sedation?

What is Conscious Sedation?

What is conscious sedation and can it really keep you from feeling nervous or fearful while in the dentist chair?  For thousands of people dentophobia is a real thing, creating a paralyzing fear of anything “dentist”. This is where conscious sedation can be extremely beneficial.   

Conscious Sedation or Sedation Dentistry

Conscious sedation is the use of sedatives during dental visits to decrease anxiety and stop any pain or discomfort.

Conscious sedation at Dr. Abeyta's office

 Whether it’s a simple cleaning to a more complex procedure, sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to make dental visits as stress-free as possible.

Types of Dental Sedation

Nitrous oxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is also known as “laughing gas.” When inhaled, the gas slows down the body’s reaction time which results in a calm, euphoric feeling. It works as a mild sedative and can be used to treat pain.

Oral sedation is a little stronger than nitrous oxide and is a prescribed medication that patients take at home before their appointment. It allows patients to feel deeply relaxed, but they will remain conscious and able to communicate throughout the procedure.

The effects of oral sedation can take longer to wear off than nitrous oxide, so you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

In both cases of conscious sedation, a local anesthetic is given to make sure the patient feels no discomfort or pain.  

Before any sedation is prescribes or administered, the dentist will go over the best options based on the individual’s treatment needs, anxiety level, and health history.

Benefits of Conscious Sedation

  • Conscious sedation can keep you calm and comfortable for multiple dental procedures.  You will enjoy lower costs and fewer visits. 
  • Sedation dentistry is invaluable in keeping patients calm and still in the chair, which in turns lets the dentist work faster.   
  • It is also an invaluable approach for those with sensory disorders.
  • For people with a high gag reflex, sedation can help paralyze the gagging response.

If you struggle with dental fear or anxiety or are in need of a complex dental procedure in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Abeyta would love to discuss your options and help you get the treatment you need in as comfortable a manner as possible.

Dr. Abeyta accomplishes all of the procedures without discomfort, in a relaxing atmosphere. She invites you and your family to visit the practice, and learn more about the ways your smile can benefit from her office at (505)-293-7611.

Dr. Abeyta Operates a Holistic Dental Practice.

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Conscious sedation dentistry can help relieve anxiety so that your next dental appointment is comfortable and relaxing.   

At the Best Albuquerque Dentist, we don’t ever want patients to be anxious or afraid.  We strive to ensure everybody who visits us enjoys a pleasant and stress-free experience.  We also understand that a great chair-side manner sometimes isn’t enough. This is where conscious sedation can help tremendously.

Who would benefit from conscious sedation?

Anyone who dislike needles, has sensitive teeth, fears pain, has a strong gag reflex or just finds the dentist chair as appealing as liver mush.   Conscious sedation can be used for treatments as minor as cleanings to more lengthy and complex procedures.  It can also be extremely beneficial for children and adults with disabilities.

What Is conscious sedation?

Conscious sedation is a combination of drugs to help a patient relax and to block pain.  Most patients stay awake, but may not be able to speak.  The level of sedation given can range from minimal or moderate to deep.  It is administered in a couple of ways, orally in the form of a pill or intravenously through a vein.  The most popular and safest route is nitrous oxide or laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has no color and smells sweet, making it pleasant to use.  Its history goes back as far as 1844. 

Is it safe?

All types of sedation carry a small risk.  Your dentist will do a complete review of your medical history.   Conscious sedation may not be advisable for pregnant women, people with pulmonary disease, or if you are currently taking any non-prescription or prescription medicines.  Your dentist should only recommend conscious sedation if they feel it’s safe and appropriate to that specific patient.

The most common experiences are relaxation and drowsiness.  Once the sedative takes effect, anxiety and stress will gradually disappear.

Likely side effects that can last for a few hours after the procedure include:

  • drowsiness
  • feelings of heaviness or sluggishness
  • not remembering the procedure
  • slow reflexes
  • low blood pressure
  • headache
  • feeling sick

If you do suffer from dental anxiety or fear and it’s been some time since your last visit, please don’t worry because Dr. Abeyta and her team are here to help you.  All you need to do is pick up the phone and call 505-293-7611.   They strive to put their patients’ concerns at rest and are always extremely compassionate toward anyone with dental fears.