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Conscious sedation at Dr. Sam's Premier Dentistry
This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Patients, who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure. Conscious sedation provides a safe and effective option for patients undergoing minor surgeries or diagnostic procedures. The number and type of procedures that can be performed using conscious sedation have increased significantly as a result of new technology and state of the art drugs. Conscious sedation allows patients to recover quickly and resume normal daily activities in a short period of time. Who Can Administer Conscious Sedation? Conscious sedation is extremely safe when administered by qualified providers such as those on the staff at Premier Periodontics. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), anesthesiologists, other physicians, dentists, and oral surgeons are qualified providers of conscious sedation. Specifically trained Registered Nurses may assist in the administration of conscious sedation. Who Should Monitor Conscious Sedation? Because patients can slip into a deep sleep, proper monitoring of conscious sedation is necessary. Dr. Sam and his staff monitor patient heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, oxygen level and alertness throughout and after the procedure. We remain with the patient at all times during the procedure. What are the Side Effects of Conscious Sedation? A brief period of amnesia after the procedure may follow the administration of conscious sedation. Occasional side effects may rarely include headache, hangover, nausea and vomiting or unpleasant memories of the surgical experience. What Should Patients Expect Immediately Following the Surgical or Diagnostic Procedure? Written post-operative care instructions should be followed. Patients should not drive a vehicle, operate dangerous equipment or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after receiving conscious sedation. A follow-up phone call is made by the by our staff to check on the patient’s condition and answer any remaining questions.