Conscious Sedation

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Feelings of anxiety or nerves about dental procedures?

Local anesthetics are administered during various dental procedures, however, these do not aid with anxious thoughts. This is why we offer conscious sedation, so that patients benefit from two types of sedation and feel more at-ease throughout their procedures.

Oral Sedation

This method involves medication, typically in the form of a pill, prescribed by our dentists to help you relax during your visit. Taken prior to your appointment, the medication eases anxiety and induces drowsiness. Oral sedation allows you to remain awake and responsive but significantly more relaxed, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free dental experience. Because oral sedation can cause significant drowsiness, you must arranging for someone to drive you home after your procedure.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation, commonly known as "laughing gas," helps you relax during your procedures. Administered through a comfortably fitting mask over the nose, this method allows you to breathe in a mixture that quickly induces a state of relaxation and mild euphoria. The effects of nitrous oxide are both rapid and short-lived, dissipating almost immediately once the mask is removed, which means you can safely drive yourself home after your appointment. This safe and effective option is suitable for adults and children alike, making it an excellent choice for anyone with mild to moderate dental anxiety or those undergoing mild dental procedures.

Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation combines the benefits of oral sedation and nitrous oxide sedation for a stronger effect. Both forms are used to reduce anxiety, so when used together under the care of a dental professional, they help you feel calm and worry-free during your dental appointment.

You will be prescribed an oral sedative to take before your appointment, and the nitrous oxide will be administered during the dental procedure. 

By combining these two forms of sedation, our team can tailor the level of sedation to fit your needs, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free experience while still allowing you to remain conscious and responsive throughout the procedure. Conscious sedation is particularly beneficial for individuals with moderate to severe dental anxiety or those undergoing more extensive dental treatments.

Dental treatment in a child with the use of nitrous oxide.

Safety Measures

Many measures will be in place to ensure that you are safe while under conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide is only used during the procedure. Once the procedure is complete, we administer 100% oxygen so that you are able to leave on your own and without a driver back to school or work. 

While conscious sedation can significantly aid in comfort during a dental procedure, it is important to discuss all health factors including any diagnoses you have with your dentist to ensure it is the right sedation method for you. 

With conscious sedation, you can be one step away from feeling more comfortable during your upcoming dental procedure!

Frequently Asked Questions

Conscious sedation combines oral sedation and nitrous oxide to reduce anxiety, helping patients feel calm and relaxed during dental procedures.

 

You’ll take a prescribed pill before your appointment to reduce anxiety, followed by nitrous oxide during the procedure for further relaxation.

 

Conscious sedation reduces discomfort and awareness of the procedure, making the dental experience more comfortable.

 

Yes, it’s safe under dental professionals’ care, with several safety measures in place to ensure patient well-being.

 

If dental visits make you anxious, conscious sedation could help. Discuss your health history with your dentist to determine its suitability.

 

Dental Insurance

The American Dental Association recognizes the important role dental benefits have played in improving access to dental care for millions of Americans and is working with insurance policymakers to help set better standards within the industry.

Under a UCR plan, patients are usually allowed to see the dentist of their choice. These plans pay an established percentage of the dentist fee or pay the plan sponsors customary or a reasonable fee limit, whichever is less. Although these limits are called customary, they may or may not reflect the fees that area dentists charge.

It may also be noted on your bill that the fee that your dentist is charging you is higher than the reimbursement levels of UCR. This does not mean your dentist is overcharging you; for example, the insurance company may not have taken into account up-to-date regional data to determine a reimbursement level. Why? There is no regulation as to how insurance companies determine reimbursement levels resulting in wide fluctuation. In addition, insurance companies are not required to disclose how they determine these levels the language used in this process may be inconsistent among carriers and difficult to understand.