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Conscious Sedation

As a patient you need to be informed about the treatment options available to you and details of what you might experience during or after the procedure including common and serious side effects.

What is a Conscious Sedation?

You will be given a Conscious Sedation in order to have your dental treatment done. Conscious Sedation is a technique by which you will be made pain-free, relaxed and sedated, but you will still be in control of your own reflexes and breathing and will be able to talk.

It is important to note:

  • You will not be unconscious (knocked out) but sedated (relaxed).
  • During the sedation you will also be given a regional block injection, (injection in the mouth) to compliment the procedure.
  • You might hear sound or feel vibration, but will be pain free, relaxed and probably unable to remember the procedure afterwards.
  • Your conscious sedation will be given by Intravenous route (needle in the back of
    the hand).

During the operation your sedationist looks after you by staying with you all the time to make sure that you are kept comfortable, safe and free from pain. The sedationist looks after every part of the normal working of your body by measuring and controlling such vital functions as heart beat, blood pressure, breathing, brain function, and keeping you warm.

Why does the sedationist cancel some operations?

When the sedationist sees you before the procedure, you will be questioned about aspects of your general health and examined by the sedationist. Sometimes the seditionist may find something which may affect the sedation and/or operation and may mean that it is better to delay your operation until the problem has been treated or improved. The sedationist’s main concern is your well-being and wish to have you in the best possible state of health before you have any procedure.

Why do I have to stop eating and drinking before an operation?

If you have food or drink in your stomach when you have an sedation you might be sick while you are sedated and choke on the food, or the vomit may go into your lungs and cause a severe pneumonia. You should not eat for 4 hours before an operation, but you may drink small volumes of water until 2 hours before. It is important not to starve longer than instructed as this may have an adverse affect on the sedation.

Is sedation safe?

This is a very safe procedure with few side effects and is recommended by The General Dental Council as the preferred alternative to General Anaesthetics. Some patients may suffer from problems such as nausea and vomiting, headache and drowsiness. Very rarely there may be awareness and superficial thrombosis and leakage of drugs into your skin near the needle site. Your sedationist will answer your questions about any of your concerns when you are seen before the operation.

Where and how are you sedated?

You will be given your sedation in the surgery. Parents can usually stay with their children until they are sedated. Sedation is performed by an injection in the back of the hand. This has the slight discomfort of a needle prick.

How do I wake up?

When the surgery is finished the sedationist stops giving you the drugs that sedate you, and your body destroys them and gets rid of them in your urine. You will then be taken to the recovery room near the operating theatre and will be watched over by a specially trained staff member. You will feel drowsy and may not be able to remember afterwards. Parents may rejoin their children at this stage. Your sedationist will be nearby if needed, and will visit you before you go home to ensure that you are sufficiently well recovered and to deal with any problems or concerns.

Please ask your sedationist if there is anything you do not understand, or if there is something more you would like to know. Remember, you can change your mind about a decision at any time.

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