FAQs About Conscious Sedation
Conscious sedation is used in dental treatments like oral surgeries and endodontic therapies like root canal treatment. Sedation increases a person’s emotional and physical comfort. Our endodontist is trained to offer sedation, which allows our guests to rest peacefully while we perform tooth-saving treatments like root canal therapy.
What is conscious dental sedation?
Conscious sedation is a combination of an anesthetic, which reduces physical discomfort, and a sedative to relax the body and mind. This combination makes receiving dental treatments and oral surgeries very comfortable and relaxing.
How will sedation make me feel?
A person receiving sedation will likely feel quite relaxed and groggy. Many times, people rest peacefully during their dental treatments but they are not medically unconscious. Instead, a person can be roused to answer directives or questions.
When receiving sedation, sensations of discomfort are greatly diminished or unnoticeable. For instance, root canal treatment can be uncomfortable without medication because this procedure treats the innermost structures of teeth where nerve endings are. During root canal therapies, most people feel pressure from dental instruments but not discomfort because of the effectiveness of conscious sedation.
Can I drive after my procedure?
Since sedating and pain-relieving medications impair cognition and motor skills, those in treatment need to arrange for transportation to and from our practice. We strongly encourage people to arrange rides with family members or trusted friends.
What if I have dental anxiety and phobia?
If you suffer with anxiety or dental phobia, conscious dental sedation can be very advantageous to diminishing feelings and emotions of panic. The sedatives used work with GABA receptors in the brain to relax the central nervous system. These receptors are responsible for the chemical reactions associated with feelings of intense fear.
Why choose an endodontist?
An endodontist is a dentist with specialty training and advanced education to treat issues that affect the insides of teeth. These specialists are experts at performing a variety of procedures including root canal treatment.
If you suffer with dental phobia or have moderate to severe anxiety, speak with a member of our team about your sedation dentistry options. For those with upcoming procedures like root canal therapy, call Jill Peterson Endodontics if you have questions about your treatment or comfort.