You’re only “semi-awake” when you receive IV sedation. This means you’re not fully asleep, but you’re not fully awake either. You still have an idea of what’s going on and can answer questions, but it’s unlikely you’ll remember anything once the IV is taken out. You won’t feel pain or the stress of visiting the dentist. Instead, you’ll feel calm, relaxed, and like you’re at the spa! This is unlike general anesthesia where you’re completely asleep and cannot respond to anything, though you may fall asleep during the procedure since you’ll feel rather drowsy. Depending on the procedure, you’ll be under sedation for approximately 20-30 minutes, unless it’s a more severe procedure.
Patients of all ages can benefit from sedation dentistry, including children. If you’d like to receive any type of sedation, we’ll go over your medical history to ensure it’s 100% safe. Not every patient will experience sedation dentistry the same, but there are generally no side effects after patients receive oral sedation, nitrous oxide or IV sedation. Depending on their health history, seniors may experience side effects, but we make sure every patient is well-educated about the process and understands why they may or may not be a good candidate.
Sedation dentistry has come a long way in order to provide patients with a level of ease and relaxation during their dental appointments. If you’re still curious about our selection of conscious sedation services, give us a call today to discuss if nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or IV sedation is for you. We want to help you feel comfortable in any way possible.