What is Conscious Sedation?

Conscious dental sedation uses medications to help patients achieve a relaxed state during a dental procedure. These various techniques allow patients to respond to commands and breathe normally on their own.

Who Is A Candidate For Conscious Sedation Dentistry?

  1. Inhalation Conscious Sedation. This is often known as laughing gas, leaving the patient awake with full memory of the procedure. The gas is inhaled through a nose piece during a procedure. Benefits of this type of sedation is that it is easy to administer, has very little side effects, and is quickly removed from the body once discontinued.
  2. Oral Conscious Sedation. With this sedation technology, patients take a pill prior to the procedure to and results in a relaxing feeling. While it does not produce full amnesia of the procedure, it can produce some memory loss of the surgery. Side effects are deemed desirable in that sleepiness and some amnesia.

What Conscious Sedation Technologies Do We Offer?

People with dental anxiety, complex dental procedures, limited time, difficultly to achieve numbness, tooth sensitivities, needle anxiety, and gag reflexes.

What Qualifies My Doctor to Administer Conscious Sedation?

Sedation dentists require special training. Dr. Camacho received his American Dental Association certificate in conscious sedation during his extensive residency program at VCU.

How Do I Prepare For Conscious Sedation?

Depending on the type of sedation used, preparations can differ. During your initial consultation, the doctors will describe the pre- and post-operative instructions required for sedation. Please inform your doctor about all medications that you are taking during your initial consult.