What is Conscious Sedation?

In general terms, it is a technique whereby certain medications are used to help to alleviate patients’ fear and anxiety during any dental treatment performed.

Ideal for par patients

  1. in fear of pain
  2. who have had a bad experience with a dentist in the past
  3. with specific phobias related to dentistry, eg. Fear of needles, “drills” and sound
  4. un-co operative or fearful children
  5. children or adults with special needs
  6. who are particularly anxious and require extensive dental treatment

Why use Conscious Sedation?

Conscious Sedation is a useful and convenient tool for making dental treatment a comfortable experience. Very often during dental treatment with fearful and anxious patients, especially children, there is a fair amount of  movement which complicates dental procedures. When a patient is sedated, the patient is very relaxed and the dentist is able to work more comfortably.

Conscious Sedation is a cost-effective alternative to General Anaesthesia.

Two Techniques:

  1. Inhalation Sedation – with nitrous oxide (commonly known as “laughing gas”)
  2. Intravenous Sedation – a drug similar to a tranquilizer administered.

Both techniques have a calming effect on the patient. In the case of Intravenous Sedation, the patient’s vital functions, e.g. breathing, coughing, swallowing and responding to commands, etc. are still in tact. A typical feature  of Intravenous Conscious Sedation is that the patient remembers very little, if any, about the dental procedures that took place.

Both procedures are very safe if administered by qualified and trained professionals supported with the necessary experience, life-support equipment and back up systems.

The following information is from the website: www.dentalfearcentral.org