DOCS EducationSedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. We offer oral conscious sedation for patients undergoing extensive dental procedures. This type of sedation is also available for patients with a dental phobia or those who find it difficult to sit still during treatment.

What is conscious sedation?

Through the use of sedatives and pain relievers, conscious sedation produces a relaxed state of consciousness to lessen pain and discomfort. Patients who receive oral conscious sedation are still able to speak and respond to questions during treatment, and express any pain or discomfort they may be having.

Is it safe?

When administered by a qualified, certified medical professional, oral conscious sedation is very safe. Heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen level, breathing and alertness are closely monitored throughout the procedure.

Are there any side effects?

Patients who receive oral conscious sedation can experience a brief period of amnesia after treatment. Other side effects include headache, nausea, and vomiting.

What happens after treatment?

The patient is closely monitored and given written postoperative instructions. The patient must have a family member or friend drive them home, and should not drive for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

What about using laughing gas?

Our office also offers nitrous oxide, aka laughing gas to help our patients receive the care they need and remain comfortable.