Conscious sedation is a form of mild sedation that will provide a deep state of relaxation, while keeping you awake and somewhat aware of your surroundings. This level of sedation is accomplished by placing a small mask over your nose, then having you inhale nitrous oxide gas. Shortly after inhaling the gas, you will begin to relax. The effects of conscious sedation will then wear off once you have stopped inhaling the gas.
Did You Know?
Nitrous oxide is sometimes known as “laughing gas” since it can produce feelings of euphoria. In fact, the British upper class in 1799 used to have laughing gas parties.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for conscious sedation?
You may be a candidate for conscious sedation if you:
- Are undergoing an invasive procedure
- Have a sensitive gag reflex
- Experience dental anxiety
However, you may not be an ideal candidate for conscious sedation if you have emphysema or are pregnant. To determine if conscious sedation can be used during your procedure, schedule a consultation with Perio NW today.
What can I expect when receiving conscious sedation at Perio NW?
When receiving conscious sedation at Perio NW, you can expect to have a small mask placed over your nose. The mask will provide a flow of oxygen to your nostrils, then nitrous oxide will slowly be added. Once you start to inhale the nitrous oxide, you will feel your entire body relax and a feeling of deep relaxation will wash over you. Be sure to tell your periodontist if you feel dizzy or lightheaded, since this could mean that the gas needs to be adjusted. While under conscious sedation, you will be aware of things happening around you and will be able to respond to questions if necessary. However, you will not feel any discomfort, nor will you feel anxious.
What can I expect after receiving conscious sedation?
After you stop inhaling nitrous oxide, you will feel yourself returning to normal. Your periodontist may have you breath in oxygen for a few minutes to completely flush the gas out of your system. The main benefit of nitrous oxide is that it has no long term effects, meaning that you should be able to drive yourself home after your procedure.