An FAQ About Conscious Sedation: What You Should Know

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Conscious sedation (sometimes called “oral sedation”) is safe and effective. The phrase conscious sedation includes both oral sedation and IV sedation. But in simplest terms, conscious sedation employs a medication that is used at the dental office to help you relax during your procedure. Once you’ve experienced sedation dentistry with your friendly and caring dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, your anxieties will be quieted, and you will feel much better.

The FAQ (frequently asked questions) below will help you understand a little more about conscious sedation and what to expect when you come in to meet with our dental specialists.

Question: How are oral sedatives administered?
Answer: Oral sedatives are medications, usually in pill form, that can be taken by mouth. Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists will decide which sedation medications will be best for your particular case and procedure. But generally speaking, with oral sedatives, you will take the medication about an hour before your appointment, and you will feel the effects quickly. Once you start to relax with this safe and effective dental medication, it will be much easier to experience the dental treatment that is necessary to improve your oral health. During the course of your dental appointment, you will be given additional medications while connected to monitoring equipment, in order to maintain the proper level of conscious sedation while helping you to remain very relaxed.

Question: Will I be unconscious?
Answer: No, you will not be unconscious; however, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, which will likely result in you falling asleep in the dental chair. If this happens, there is no need to worry. Your gentle dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists, will wake you once the treatment is completed.

Conscious sedation has a couple of wonderful fringe benefits: For example, it will cause you to forget 80 percent of the procedure! It is remarkable how time flies when you’re under the influence of conscious sedation. In fact, conscious sedation is very cost effective, as well, because you can schedule fewer appointments and receive more treatment during a single sitting, due to your temporarily shortened perception of time! Instead of paying multiple fees for multiple visits (not to mention missing work)! So, you only pay one fee for one visit — the fewer visits, the better!

Question: What should I do before and after my appointment?
Answer: All you need to do is follow the instructions that our dental team gives you regarding what you can and cannot eat and drink before and after your appointment. And following your procedure, you must bring someone to drive you to and from our office, because driving under the influence of conscious sedation is unsafe.

Question: Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
Answer: If you have difficulty getting numb or are anxious about going to the dentist — or if you should need multiple dental treatments — then you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry.

Conscious sedation is a great approach for helping you to feel relaxed, calm and safe in the hands of our dental professionals. In terms of comfort, our friendly dental specialists will escort you into a warm, comfortable room when you arrive at our office. We will also give you a warm blanket and will place monitors on you to enable us to watch your vital signs. Our team does everything we can to make sure you have a safe and comfortable experience each time you visit our office.

If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, Dr. Nicholas is the right dentist for you. Without question, she is the most qualified dental professional who can help you have a positive experience with conscious sedation, and she is well known for serving the community with effective and comfortable treatment. So, don’t trust your oral health to a mere discount dentist, put yourself in the hands of an expert dentist who can give you the comfortable and relaxing dental experience that you deserve.

Call Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry to learn more. They can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314 or at their office in Palm Desert, California.