Conscious Sedation & Pain Management
Conscious Sedation & Pain Management
Does going to the dentist make you anxious? Dr Nikhael is trained in Sedation and Pain Control, allowing him to administer sedative agents to adults and kids for pain control while performing dental treatments.
With conscious sedation, be rest assured that your appointment will be as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation is a type of medication that is used to help patients relax during their dental procedure. It is administered through an IV, and the patient remains awake and aware throughout the process. This type of sedation is ideal for those seeking a more relaxed experience during their treatment.
Why do dentists use conscious sedation?
There are a few reasons why your dentist might recommend conscious sedation. For example, if you have a strong gag reflex, conscious sedation can help keep you from gagging during dental procedures. If you have very sensitive teeth, conscious sedation can help ease the pain of dental treatments. And if you’re anxious about going to the dentist, conscious sedation can help keep you relaxed and make the experience more enjoyable.
What are the different ways that dentists administer conscious sedation?
The type of sedation will be based on the patient’s level of anxiety, medical history, and the procedure being performed. Some procedures may only require numbing local anaesthesia, while others may need a more intense form of sedation to ensure the patient is comfortable and pain-free.
There are four different ways that dentists can administer conscious sedation:
- Oral Sedation: This involves taking a pill before your appointment. The most common oral sedation medication is Valium, but your dentist may also prescribe other drugs. The effects of oral sedation can last several hours, so you will need someone to drive you home after your appointment.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Also known as "laughing gas," nitrous oxide is a gas that you breathe in through a mask during your procedure. It helps you to relax and can make time pass more quickly. However, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the gas is removed, so you can drive yourself home after your appointment if you wish to do so.
- Intravenous (IV) Sedation: IV sedation involves placing a needle in your arm and connected to an IV drip of medication. You will be closely monitored by the dental staff during your procedure and will need someone to drive you home afterwards.
- General Anesthesia: General anaesthesia is used for invasive procedures or for patients who cannot tolerate any other type of sedation. With general anaesthesia, you will be completely asleep throughout the procedure and will need someone to drive you home afterwards
Dr Nikhael will always consider what is best for the individual patient and tailor the level of sedation accordingly.
Can dentists use conscious sedation for children?
Yes, dentists can use conscious sedation for children. This type of sedation is typically used for shorter procedures and does not require the child to be asleep. Conscious sedation allows the child to remain relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.
Why do dentists use conscious sedation for children?
There are many reasons why dentists use conscious sedation for children. One reason is that it can help to ease a child's anxiety about going to the dentist. It can also help to make the dental experience more pleasant for both the child and the dentist. Additionally, conscious sedation can help to control a child's movement during dental procedures. This can be especially helpful when a child is undergoing a procedure that requires them to be still for an extended period.
Is conscious sedation safe for children?
Yes, conscious sedation is safe for children when administered by a qualified dentist. The type of sedative used and the dosage will be based on the child's age, weight, and medical history. Your child's vital signs will be monitored throughout the procedure.