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What does dental sedation feel like?

What does dental sedation feel like?

You've chosen dental sedation for an upcoming dental procedure. Perhaps you're wondering what it feels like to be sedated? Our Delta BC dentists at Scott 72 Dental Centre explain what you can expect. 

What will I feel while under sedation?

You may feel worried leading up to your dental sedation appointment — especially if this will be your first time being sedated. That said, we find that our patients often feel empowered when they learn about what they can expect from the process.

You'll probably feel more in control after you've found out more about what oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation are and how they feel. Today, we'll share some general information so you'll have some clarity once you arrive at your appointment. 

What is nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) is the mildest form of sedation we offer. Nitrous oxide is administered through a small mask that fits over your nose and is extremely safe, since it enters and exits the body quickly. Levels of sedation are controlled during your appointment to ensure you feel comfortable at all times. 

What is oral conscious sedation?

With oral conscious sedation, patients who feel moderate to extreme dental anxiety can feel more relaxed, calm and at ease, and less nervous or stressed. This form of sedation involves prescription medication being administered up to an hour before your appointment, and perhaps the night before to help you sleep. You may even doze off during treatment. 

This type of sedation will last long enough to allow your dentist to perform most dental procedures and is safe for most healthy patients. Your dentist will check your full medical history before your procedure to help prevent any adverse reactions with other prescription drugs you may be taking. 

How does it feel to be under sedation?

Feelings of anxiety or pain will likely disappear with oral conscious sedation. You'll feel sleepy but stay fully conscious during your treatment. You'll also be able to communicate with your dentist and remain responsive to instructions. If you do fall asleep, your dental team can easily wake you with a gentle shake. 

Generally, patients who choose oral conscious sedation recall little about what transpired during the procedure. Many patients say they feel as if they've had a conscious dream after taking oral sedation. It's much faster to recover from oral sedation than from general anesthesia. 

Nitrous oxide sedation can be taken by both adults and children and helps patients to feel more calm and relaxed. It may even induce feelings of euphoria. You'll remain awake and able to communicate, and time may seem to pass more quickly. 

Your vital signs will be monitored by our team during your treatment to ensure your safety at all times. 

Can I drive myself home after having dental sedation?

Though laughing gas will wear off quickly, the effects of oral sedation may take hours to leave your system. The dentist will let you know if you'll need someone to drive you home after your appointment. 

Do not allow dental fear or anxiety prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need. Our dentists can check whether dental sedation is an option for you and help you choose between oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide sedation for your procedure.

Hoping to learn more about sedation options at Scott 72 Dental Centre? Contact our Delta BC dental office to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.

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