What is Conscious
Sedation Dentistry?

Do you avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety? Dental anxiety is common, but it doesn’t have to keep you from getting the dental care you need. Did you know that we offer a type of sedation dentistry in Paso Robles, CA, to help ease your dental anxiety? Conscious sedation dentistry is one of those treatments. It can provide benefits for both the dentist and you as the patient. It can help make your visit more comfortable and relaxing.

The Types of Sedation Dentistry We Offer in Paso Robles, CA

There are three different types of sedation: minimal sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation. Minimal sedation leaves patients awake and able to respond to questions but feels relaxed. Moderate sedation leaves patients groggy and may cause them to slur their words. Deep sedation leaves patients on the verge of unconsciousness. 

What is Conscious Sedation?

With many dental procedures, we use “laughing gas” conscious sedation. Laughing gas is a minimal sedation level, and we can use it for many different types of dental procedures. 

You inhale laughing gas through the nose. Under its effects, you’re awake but may not be able to remember much of the appointment. You will be able to relax and feel at ease during your appointment. You may slur your words or seem like you’re drunk. You will be awake and aware but deeply relaxed – almost like being in a light sleep. Because we use sedation, you will not remember anything about your appointment afterward. You’ll be able to respond to questions and follow directions, but you may not be able to drive after sedation dentistry. We will also monitor you during your appointment to ensure you’re safe and comfortable. And your dentist can accomplish more in a single visit with conscious sedation because you won’t mind the extra work when relaxed. You can save time and need fewer dental appointments. 

How to Prepare for Conscious Sedation Dentistry

It would be best if you did not eat or drink anything for at least six hours before your sedation dentistry appointment. This includes water. It will help if you avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before your appointment. If you’re taking medication, you should talk to your dentist about how it may affect sedation dentistry.

Who Can Benefit from Conscious Sedation Dentistry?

Conscious sedation dentistry is a good option for people who:

  • Feel anxious about going to the dentist
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Need multiple dental procedures
  • Have trouble sitting still in the dental chair
  • Have sensitive teeth

How Long Will the Sedative Effects Last?

The sedative effects of sedation dentistry will wear off within a few hours. If you’ve been sedated with “laughing gas,” the effects will wear off as soon as we turn off the gas. 

Though the effects of this sedation type are easily managed and wear off quickly, it is crucial to follow the directions provided by our team for your recovery period, including:

  • Don’t drink alcohol for 24 hours after your appointment.
  • You should avoid driving for at least 24 hours after your appointment.
  • Eat bland, little meals during the first 24 hours after your procedure.
  • Any prescription drug should have instructions on it.
  • Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours after your visit.
  • Take a break and unwind at home.

What Are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?

The side effects of sedation dentistry will depend on the type of sedative used. With “laughing gas,” you may feel lightheaded and have a tingling sensation in your arms and legs. These effects will wear off quickly once we turn off the gas.

A Helpful Type of Sedation Dentistry in Paso Robles, CA

Conscious sedation can help make your visit more comfortable. You don’t have to feel anxious or scared when you go to the dentist. With conscious sedation, you can relax and feel at ease during your treatment. You’ll be able to get the dental care you need without feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.

Contact Paso Robles Dental Care today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Von Joseph Holbrook. Find out if conscious sedation is right for you!