We know that many people are fearful of dental procedures and experience anxiety before and during their dental visit. To make your visit more enjoyable and relaxing, some Queensway dental practices now offer conscious sedation.

Under conscious sedation, you'll be able to hear, see and respond to the action taking place around you in the dental office, but you are much less likely to experience anxiety from it. This also reduces your sense of pain.

There are three kinds of conscious sedation used in dentistry:

  • 1. Oral sedation
  • 2. Inhalation sedation
  • 3. IV sedation

All Affordable Dentures-affiliated practices that offer sedation dentistry have a fully trained and certified staff, as required by their state dental regulations. If a practice offers more than one kind of conscious sedation, your dentist will work with you to determine which method is the safest choice for you. Please call the practice you will be visiting if you have additional questions about sedation dentistry.

Oral Sedation

Advantages of oral sedation:
  • 1. Easy to administer; just swallow a small pill
  • 2. Works well for most people

How does oral sedation work?

The dentist will prescribe a pill to take an hour before your scheduled dental visit. You must have someone drive you to and from your appointment. When you arrive at the dental office, you will be awake and feeling drowsy and relaxed.

While in the treatment area, the dental staff will monitor your vital signs throughout your appointment. Oral sedatives have no pain-relieving qualities, so local anesthetics are used to prevent pain. Because you are so relaxed, and because of the use of painless injection techniques, you will probably not remember when your mouth was actually being "numbed."

When your treatment is completed, your friend or relative will drive you home. When you are fully awake, you will feel comfortable, relaxed and free from stress. You will probably remember very little about your dental appointment. You should not operate a motor vehicle for 24 hours after receiving oral sedation.

What can I expect from inhalation sedation?

When seated in the treatment area, the dentist places a small mask over your nose to deliver the gas mixture. When your treatment is completed, the nitrous oxide is turned off and you will be given pure oxygen until you feel completely normal. When the effects of the nitrous oxide have completely worn off, you will feel fully awake and alert and will probably remember very little about your dental experience. You will be able to drive yourself home and do anything else you would do during a normal day.

Am I a good candidate for IV sedation?

It's critical to tell your dentist about all medications and supplements you take so they can check for any potential drug interactions with the sedation medications. Safety always comes first. Your dentist will have you fill out paperwork giving your consent for treatment, answer any questions, and issue pre-appointment instructions and/or medications. He or she may also contact your doctor(s) to ensure that you're a good candidate for the type of treatment being proposed.

What will my actual treatment appointment be like?

You should not eat or drink anything eight hours before your IV sedation appointment, and a companion is required to take you to and from the dental office. The dentist will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, oxygen level, and pulse throughout the appointment. Upon administration of the IV medication, you will quickly begin to feel relaxed and at ease.

There is no set amount of recovery time, because every patient is different. Many patients begin to feel more alert soon after the IV medication is stopped; however, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after the end of your appointment.