Conscious sedation – Dental procedures made pain-free
Are you afraid of dentists due to bad childhood memories? Do the noises and other impulses in the dentistry make you feel nervous? The Nador Dental team is fully equipped to deal with the most anxious patients. All dental procedures can be made pain-free with the use of modern techniques and analgesic. Although many types of sedation and anaesthesia are available, we highly recommend the conscious sedation technique for anxious patients.
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious Sedation involves the provision of a sedative medication that eliminates anxiety and fear which allows you to feel very relaxed while still being able to communicate with the dentist if necessary. At the beginning of the procedure sedative medication enters the body through the veins and the patient doesn’t feel any more pain after that moment. Local anaesthesia is also applied in the mouth afterwards. Conscious sedation is a safe and comfortable solution. The Nador Dental team is committed to remain in contact with the patient during the procedure therefore we do not use sedation techniques in special cases with strict conditions.
Why use conscious sedation?
The following are general reasons why patients choose conscious sedation:
- If you are extremely nervous of dentistry or have a fear of dentistry originating from childhood or previous bad experience.
- If you would prefer to not be aware of what is going on. Sedation will allow you to have little memory of the event.
- Some people have a very sensitive gag-reflex or may experience a choking feeling when a dentist is looking inside their mouth. Conscious sedation reduces the sensitivity of the gag-reflex allowing you to have the dental procedure performed in comfort.
- As it has a time-dilation effect, we usually recommend conscious sedation to those patients who are undergoing longer or multiple procedures at one time, such as implanting or tooth implanting, making it seem as if the surgery time passes by much more quickly.
Is there an age limit for conscious sedation?
Yes, minimum age: 16.
What happens during the procedure?
Mandatory consultation precedes the procedure to assess current health condition and to plan the treatments and sedation. Should the patient live with a chronic condition, it is obligatory to consult with the anaesthetist too. If the anaesthetist approves the procedure, the Nador Dental team starts the treatment. At the very beginning of the sedation, the patient sits in the dental chair and medication enters the body through the veins. Sedation starts immediately and the seditionist (anaesthetist) looks after every part of the normal working of your body by measuring and controlling vital functions. The sedation may last up to 2 hours maximum during which the dentist performs all necessary procedures.
At the end, the patient receives a special medication that terminates the sedation and full consciousness returns within minutes, however every patient will be monitored for at least 30-60 additional minutes. We only let our patients leave once we feel it is safe to do so. It is forbidden to drive or to operate dangerous equipment in the next 24 hours. It is also advised not to make serious decisions or not to sign any contracts during the following day.
Who is not recommended to choose conscious sedation?
- If you are a regular user of narcotics
- If you experience regular asthmatic problems
- If you have a cardiovascular condition
- If you are a regular user of specific types of antidepressants
Should you have any existing healthcare condition the anaesthetic decides to continue or not, based on a survey prior the procedure.
How should I prepare for conscious sedation?
The patient must not drink or eat 6 hours before the start of the procedure, but the regular morning pills are allowed. It is important to bring another adult who can help you leave the dentistry.