Conscious Sedation


What is conscious sedation?

This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of sedatives such as Halcion or Valium. Patients who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the provider. The medication will help you relax and many of our patients sleep while receiving sedation dental care. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure.

Who monitors conscious sedation?

Your dentist or qualified assistant monitor patient heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, oxygen level and alertness throughout and after the procedure.

What are the side effects of conscious sedation?

A brief period of amnesia after the procedure may follow the administration of conscious sedation. Occasional side effects may include headache, nausea, hangover/jet lag feeling, or limited memory of the appointment.

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What should I bring to my sedation appointment?


Anything that makes you more comfortable or secure is welcome. We provide music, blankets, pillows, and other comfort amenities. Please bring with you any medications you are currently taking, including asthma inhalers, supplemental oxygen, or any thing you need on a daily basis or have used in the past for emergency situations. It is required that you have someone drive you to and from your sedation appointment. We also recommend that somebody stays with you for several hours after the appointment to make sure you do not fall or have any accidents.

What happens immediately following the procedure?


A qualified provider monitors the patient immediately following the procedure. Written post-operative care instructions will be given to the patient and escort to take home. Patients should not drive a vehicle, operate dangerous equipment, or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after receiving sedation. We will follow up with a phone call and be available for any questions after the procedure.