Conscious sedation is a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anaesthetic) during the dental procedure. You will probably stay awake but may not be able to speak. Conscious sedation lets you recover quickly and return to your everyday activities soon after your procedure. It is commonly used in dentistry for people who feel anxious or panicked during complex procedures like fillings, root canals or routine cleanings.
PROCEDURE FOR CONSCIOUS SEDATION
- You will sit on the dental chair or lie on a table.
- You will receive a sedative through an oral tablet or IV line or a facial mask that lets you inhale the sedative.
- You will wait until the sedative takes effect.
- Your doctor will monitor your breathing and your blood pressure.
- Once the sedative starts working, the dentist will start the procedure.
RECOVERY FROM CONSCIOUS SEDATION
- You may need to stay in the operating room for an hour or so, wherein your heart rate, breathing and blood pressure is closely monitered.
- Bring a family member or a friend who can drive or take you home.
- Some side effects may last for the rest of the day. These include drowsiness, headache, nausea and sluggishness. Take a day off work and avoid intense physical activity until side effects wear off.
There are various methods for closing the space between two teeth
- If you have a single small gap less than 5mm, dental bonding or direct composite restoration might be the best option. It is not permanent and the composite material may stain overtime if you smoke or consume coloured foods and liquids.
- If the teeth are discoloured or there are chips in your teeth in addition to gaps then veneers are the ideal option. They are custom made covers for your teeth and they provide dramatic and attractive results. They dont stain as they are made of ceramic and a cosmetic dentist can give you a perfectly adapted smile according to your eyes and facial anatomy.
- If you have multiple gaps that exceed 5mm and crooked teeth then braces might be the best option. Braces straighten your teeth using wires that are attached to your teeth using composite material.