There’s no two ways about it, sedation can be an absolute lifesaver for really nervous patients who would otherwise be too anxious to go through with the dental treatments they desperately need.
Conscious sedation is the administration of a medicine to help you relax and to block pain. The effect is something like being awake but extremely relaxed and comfortable. You’ll be able to follow commands but may drift off to sleep, and that’s OK!
Another brilliant side effect of sedation is that it takes your gag reflex away, great news for anyone who hates fighting the urge to swallow when the dentist is poking around in your mouth… You will probably stay awake but with the sensation that you felt asleep and may not be able to speak clearly. We’re lucky enough to have Arie on our team who is experienced at providing intravenous sedation (IV, in a vein), but conscious sedation can also be taken orally.