Questions about Conscious Sedation

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What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is dentistry preformed while the patient is under some form of anesthetic. This allows the patient an anxiety free way of undergoing both common and complex dental procedures.

What is conscious sedation?

Conscious sedation is a form sedation that minimizes anxiety while the patient remains somewhat alert. There are varying levels of sedation, dependent entirely on your comfort level.

What methods are used in conscious sedation?

  • Inhaled minimal sedation is achieved through nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas," is inhaled through a mask. Dr. Bass can easily control the amount of gas you receive during this procedure. With this type of sedation, you will be comfortable, and relaxed, but also responsive. Because this type of sedation tends to wear off quickly, it is the only type of sedation that you may be able to drive yourself home afterward.
  • Minimal to moderate sedation can be accomplished through oral sedatives. This medication comes in the form of a pill, and is generally taken one hour prior to the actual procedure. In some cases, and depending on the dosage, this type of sedation may cause the patient to nod off, but you will never be "out." A gentle shake can usually wake you up. This type of sedation allows you total comfort and relaxation.
  • Moderate sedation can also be achieved using an IV. IV sedation is much faster than oral sedation, and the amount of medication dispensed can be controlled by Dr. Bass. Like oral sedatives, this type of sedation can put you to sleep; dosage levels will be determined by Dr. Bass.

Why should I consider conscious sedation?

If you are nervous about dental procedures, conscious sedation offers you the ability to undergo both common and complex procedures without fear and anxiety. Perhaps you have experienced painful dental procedures in the past. Or perhaps you are just nervous about the potential for pain during dental procedures. In any case, conscious sedation will allow you a stress free, comfortable dental experience.

Is conscious sedation safe?

Dr. Bass has extensive training and experience in sedation dentistry. As a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Dr. Bass stays current with all new developments and advances in every aspect of conscious sedation.

Conscious sedation is not appropriate for everyone, however. Certain medications, age, and medical conditions need to be assessed prior to undergoing any sedation procedure. Our experienced sedation Team can go over your history, and make the best recommendation for what type of sedation will best suit you.

If you are anxious or fearful of dental procedures and you live in or around Edmond, Oklahoma, please contact Terry Bass, DDS, online or call 405-848-7780 to schedule a sedation dentistry consultation.