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.