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Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation is a technique that allows patients to become more relaxed during their dental treatment. It is typically administered in the form of an oral medication, although sometimes nitrous oxide or IV medication may be used. Conscious sedation is usually recommended for patients who are prone to anxiety or stress regarding dental work. Those who avoid the dentist because they are scared of treatment can benefit from this sedation method.

Conscious Sedation In Albuquerque, NM

Types of Conscious Sedation We Offer:

Conscious sedation options at our dental practice include nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a great option for patients who experience mild to moderate anxiety. Oral sedation is considered more convenient by some patients as it is administered in the form of a pill.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation, also known as conscious sedation, involves the use of anti-anxiety medications (also known as sedatives) to induce a calm, relaxed state for the patient. This state of relaxation is usually achieved very quickly, making oral sedation a highly desired option for patients who need to undergo dental procedures without anxiety.

Patients should refrain from eating for eight hours prior to their appointment. Patients who are taking prescription medications should speak with their dentist about any medications or supplements they may take on the day of their appointment.

The dosage of medication will be determined by your dentist and will be based on the patient’s medical history and treatment plan. The medication will be administered right before your appointment. The anti-anxiety medication will allow for relaxation without loss of consciousness.

Most patients report not remembering anything about their procedure. Although oral sedation may relax you, you will still be awake and able to respond to requests from your dentist.


Who May Benefit From Conscious Sedation? 

Conscious sedation is often recommended for those who suffer from anxiety, fear, or phobias about visiting the dentist in Albuquerque NM or patients who have sensitive teeth or gums.

Conscious sedation is also available for those undergoing extensive dental work, like full mouth reconstruction or full mouth restoration. It’s also ideal for those with a sensitive gag reflex.

What Can I Expect During Conscious Sedation? 

Conscious sedation is a combination of local anesthetic and sedative medication. Prior to receiving conscious sedation, the dentist will administer a local anesthetic. This will numb the area that will undergo treatment. Once your treatment is finished, you may still feel some soreness or discomfort.

Conscious sedation helps make patients feel comfortable and relaxed. In some cases, it can make patients feel slightly groggy or sleepy. For this reason, it’s best to bring a friend or family member with you to your appointment.

Is Conscious Sedation Right For Me? 

Most people associate sedation with a feeling of being “out of it” or “sleepy.” However, this is a common misconception. What sedation actually accomplishes is allowing the patient to remain conscious and coherent but free of anxiety and free of pain.

Sedation can be administered through a mask, an IV, or as a pill. All of these methods allow the patient to experience dentistry without pain or worry and can do so without any memory of the procedure whatsoever.

Conscious Sedation Safety

When performed by a dental professional, sedation is safe. Patients who undergo conscious sedation should be in good health, both physically and emotionally. Dentists want to make sure sedation will not interfere with another health condition or prescription medication.

Before a dentist recommends sedation, they will examine the patient’s health history, perform a comprehensive oral exam, and ask questions. Some common questions include those regarding medical conditions, medications, allergies, and current diet.

To find out more about Conscious Sedation and other dental services offered by our dentist in Albuquerque NM, Dr. Snyder, call (505)-293-7611, schedule an online consultation or visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.

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