is performed without an IV or putting the patient to sleep. It is very helpful for patients that have severe anxiety in receiving dental treatment. The patient is given an oral sedative that relaxes them but does not put them “to sleep”. The patient is awake, and one of the side effects is that the medication is amnesic and patients remember very little of the procedure.
The patient must have a driver to bring them to and from the appointment to receive sedation dentistry.
Sedation monitoring is technology that enables us to better monitor the physiologic processes of a patient that has been using conscious sedation or who has a compromised medical condition. Blood pressure and pulse oximetry (blood oxygen concentration) are routinely used and a 3 lead EKG is sometimes used in patients with a more compromised medical situation.
Is sedation dentistry right for you?