Conscious Sedation Dentistry for Adults & Children
Conscious Sedation - sometimes called "Sedation Dentistry" - is administered by taking a pill orally an hour prior to surgery. During surgery, all body functions remain normal and the patient is able to breathe on their own. Patients often fall asleep and awake with some degree of amnesia. The disadvantages of this method of sedation is the level of sedation of each patient is not predictable and they must be driven to and from the office due to the medication's intensity.
Another form of conscious sedation we offer during most procedures is Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen inhalation ("laughing gas"). There are very few side effects associated with this form of sedation and the patient is able to return to their normal activities immediately after the appointment, depending on procedure performed. This is the form of sedation most commonly recommended for children with dental anxiety.