At Serene Dental, the comfort of our patients is a top priority. That’s why we are happy to offer sedation dentistry. One popular and effective form of sedation is conscious sedation. This type of sedation allows patients to remain awake for the duration of their appointment. At our dental office near you in Portland, OR, it can be administered intravenously (IV) for quick results.
Sedation is the use of medication to produce certain effects on patients in dentistry. It can be administered in a few different ways and can produce effects that range from simply a relaxed feeling to unconsciousness. Conscious sedation at Serene Dental in Portland consists of using intravenous (IV) medication to reduce anxiety, discomfort, and pain while leaving patients conscious. It can be used for procedures such as fillings, root canals, or minor extractions.
Intravenous medication is administered through a vein, which produces effects very quickly. Conscious sedation allows you to talk with your dentist as needed and breathe on your own so that intubation is not needed.
Some patients may prefer conscious sedation because they are not comfortable being put to sleep at the dentist’s office if it’s not absolutely necessary. It is a good option for those who need help relaxing and for reducing pain and discomfort during certain procedures. Additional benefits include:
Before any medication is administered during your appointment, your dentist at Serene Dental will ensure that you are not taking any other medications that would interfere or mix badly with the sedation medication. The effects of IV sedation will wear off fairly quickly after your procedure has been completed, but it’s a good idea to arrange for someone to take you home at the end of your appointment.
A trained professional will administer the medication into your system through a vein and closely monitor it along with your breathing and blood pressure throughout the procedure. Once your treatment has been completed, you will remain in the dentist’s office to wait until the effects have mostly worn off before you can go home.