What Is Conscious Sedation?
Conscious sedation takes a variety of forms, with its main purpose to keep you awake but pain and anxiety-free. It’s available in the form of tablets, nitrous oxide gas, or intravenous solution, and it’s commonly used for routine teeth cleanings, dental fillings, and root canals.
What Is Twilight Sedation?
Twilight sedation makes you feel sleepy and relaxed, as if in a half-waking, half-sleeping state. While you are technically conscious, you may not remember much about the procedure afterward. We use this type of sedation so we can interact with you and ask questions or give instructions if needed. It is administered via nitrous oxide or IV.
What Is Unconscious Sedation?
Unconscious sedation is more commonly known as general anesthesia. This type of dental sedation in Cerritos relaxes patients so much that they fall asleep. They are never aware of the dental procedure and don’t remember anything about their appointment when they wake up.
General anesthesia is typically provided via mask and inhalation or intravenously. This type of sedation is not commonly used with most dental procedures, but some patients who can’t use other types of sedation may be candidates for it.
More often than not, this type of sedation is reserved for surgical patients or those who have certain medical conditions or developmental disabilities that require hospital dentistry. In these situations, the dental team performs as many procedures as possible while the patient is under sedation to reduce the number of appointments, as well as the amount of sedative medication the patient requires.