Conscious sedation is a technique used in dental practice to induce a depression of consciousness

What is conscious sedation?

Conscious sedation is an alternative to general anaesthesia that prevents pain and avoids significant side effects/risks. Under conscious sedation, you will stay awake and unaware, the doctor can speak with you, and you will be able to respond. Conscious sedation will make you drowsy, but you will recover quickly and will be able to resume normal daily activities after a short period of time.

It is important to let your doctor know if you have any allergies, especially to Fentanyl, Versed, or Ativan before receiving conscious sedation.

How will I receive the sedation medications?

You may receive medications into your vein (Intravenously through an I.V.), by injection into a muscle (Intramuscularly), or by mouth (orally). The effects of the intravenous medication may be felt immediately. The effects of the intramuscular medication may be felt within 5 to 30 minutes. Oral medications may take 30 to 60 minutes to take effect.

What are the side effects of conscious sedation?

Sedations may slow your breathing, so your nurse may give you oxygen.

Your blood pressure might be affected by the sedation. Your doctor will decide if you need intravenous fluids to get your blood pressure back to normal. Sedation may cause you to have a headache, feel sleepy, or feel nauseated for several hours after the procedure. You may also have a brief period of amnesia (not remembering what happened) after receiving conscious sedation.

Should I do anything special after conscious sedation?

For your safety, a responsible adult must take you home. This person must be available when you are ready for discharge. It is recommended that you have someone with you for the remainder of the day.

You will not be allowed to take a bus or taxicab without a responsible adult to ride with you. Do not drive, drink alcohol, use machinery, or sign legal documents for 24 hours after receiving sedation.


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