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Who will benefit from conscious sedation?

  • Patients who have high anxiety about dental visits
  • Anyone who has had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Patients receiving complex treatments or surgery
  • Anyone who experiences difficulty getting numb
  • Anyone with a strong gag reflex
  • Patients who have jaw joint troubles and cannot open their mouth for extended periods
  • Anyone who is afraid of needles in the mouth
  • Patients with sensitive teeth
  • If you dislike the noises and/or smells associated with dental care.

Intravenous conscious sedation

This is the most commonly used technique for patients who are generally fit and well. It is usually delivered via a small plastic tube in the back of the hand or arm. A sedative medication called midazolam is given through the tube and the amount required is subject to each patient's response. For patients who are anxious about needles we sometimes advise using inhalation conscious sedation to relax them and provide some pain relief prior to the injection and can also use EMLA cream to numb the back of the hand in advance.

Commonly most patients receiving intravenous conscious sedation are more deeply sedated compared with inhalation conscious sedation and most patients will have significant memory loss, although they are still awake. This technique is ideal for highly anxious patients who need prolonged or more invasive procedures including the treatment of multiple teeth at multiple sites.