Conscious sedation is a type of sedation in which the patient can respond to spoken directions, but feels little to no pain and has a different level of cognizance. Conscious sedation is used for medical techniques in whereas it is essential for the dental patient to be responsive, for inconsequential procedures that do not necessitate the use of broad anesthesia, and for procedures concerning patients who cannot conjoin with care providers. 

Similar to many forms of anesthesia, there are some risks but it is pointedly less risky than most general anesthesia. Conscious sedation may be used for minor surgeries as well as less invasive dental procedures.

  • Nitrous oxide – patients are able resume normal daily activities after procedure
  • Oral sedation – patients will need to have someone drive them to and from the appointment