Conscious Sedation Dentist

Conscious sedation dentistry is one way to treat dental anxiety so you can have your dental work done.

Conscious Sedation Dentistry involves administering drugs (medications) that calm patients, creating a drowsy, sleep-like state. It is important to understand that you are NOT asleep for Conscious Sedation Dentistry. You remain conscious during Conscious Sedation. Simply meaning, Conscious Sedation patients are:

  • Conscious
  • They can breathe on their own.
  • Can respond to a question.
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What Is Conscious Sedation Like?

IV Conscious Sedation and Oral Sedation stimulate deep relaxation and a sensation of not being concerned with what’s happening. During Intravenous Conscious Sedation (IV sedation), a drug, usually an anti-anxiety medication, is administered into the blood system during dental treatment. IV Conscious Sedation and Oral Sedation can be called “Sedation Dentistry.”

Sedated patients are conscious, can breathe independently, and can respond to questions. Remember, you are NOT asleep for Conscious Sedation Dentistry. A dentist is required to receive two days of additional training when administering pills orally. Intravenous (IV) Sedation requires at least 60 hours of training, or a dentist can be trained in a residency program.

The methods of sedation can be achieved by:

  • Administrating oral medications.
  • Intravenous medications
  • Nitrous Oxide “laughing gas”

Using the lightest level of sedation is minimal sedation. It involves a mild sedative, such as a Valium-like medication or Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas.) This kind of sedation requires no additional training for the dentist.

When you visit for your appointment, Dr. Hoffmann, Dr. Thoms, or Dr. Behl will decide which level is best for you.

Who Benefits From Conscious Sedation Dentistry?

Several people can benefit from conscious sedation dentistry. Some of these include patients with:

In addition, it can benefit patients who have special needs, such as those with physical or mental disabilities. Young children can also benefit, especially if they experience anxiety and cannot fully cooperate for needed dental treatment.

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St. Louis Conscious Sedation Dentist

If you or a loved one suffers from dental anxiety, call us today at (314) 862-7844 to schedule your appointment. At The Dental Anesthesia Center, we value our patient relationships and prioritize delivering the gentle dental care you deserve from sedation dentists in St. Louis. We look forward to meeting you!