Conscious sedation makes patients relaxed and drowsy, and more comfortable during dental surgery.
Conscious sedation is safe and effective for minor surgery or relieved anxiety.
What is Sedation?
IV sedation, or conscious sedation, provides an alternative to local anaesthesia. It blends a sedative with a painkiller and anaesthetic, so patients receive dental treatment in a drowsy, relaxed state. Once sedated, the dental procedure begins. The patient remains conscious but less aware, experiencing reduced pain. Afterward, the sedation effects wear off, and the patient is monitored during the recovery period until they are ready to leave.
How it works
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How is IV sedation different to general or local anaesthetic?
Conscious sedation bridges the divide between local and general anaesthetic. You won’t be completely unconscious, as with a general, but you’ll be in a state of deep, sleepy relaxation that means you’ll have very little awareness or memory of your dental procedure. The dentist will, however, be able to rouse you if required, to answer questions, for example.
If I’m conscious, won’t I will still feel anxiety about my treatment?
No. The drugs used for conscious sedation induce a state of deep relaxation. Patients generally feel as though they’re sleeping. Conscious sedation also has an amnesiac effect, so patients rarely remember anything about their dental procedure and believe they slept through it all.
How long does it take for the effects to wear off?
In most cases the dentist will ensure you spend up 30 minutes in recovery after your procedure. The full effects of conscious sedation take 24 hours to wear off, so you’ll likely feel groggy for a time and you’ll need to arrange for an escort to drive you home and for someone to be with you at home until the effects have worn off. You won’t be able to operate electrical machinery, cook, use sharp implements or make any critical decisions during this time.