What is Enteral Conscious Sedation?
Enteral Conscious Sedation uses a combination of an oral sedative together with Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) and a local anesthetic to achieve optimal relaxation and comfort. Monitors relay a patient’s blood pressure and oxygen for the entire procedure. The patient is able to breathe normally and all body functions are unchanged. A patient can still speak and respond to the requests of others but remember little or nothing about their dental appointment.
What oral medication is used for Enteral Conscious Sedation at Morgan Dental?
Triazolam (Halcion), although usually prescribed as a sleeping pill, is a medication that can greatly minimize anxiety that may be associated with going to the dentist.
Who is a good candidate for Enteral Conscious Sedation?
This type of sedation often works well for those that are anxious about dental treatment, fear needles, have an overactive gag reflex, or have difficulty getting numb. Those who have difficulty staying open due to jaw pain or previous jaw injury also benefit.
Who is not a good candidate for Enteral Conscious Sedation?
Enteral Conscious Sedation is not recommended for those that are:
- hypersensitive to benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Ativan, Versed, Halcion)
- take benzodiazepines on a regular basis
- pregnant or breastfeeding
- have liver or kidney disease
How does Enteral Conscious Sedation work?
During the first hour of your dental appointment after being placed on a vital signs monitor, you will take your prescribed dose of the sedative Halcion (Triazolam) and rest comfortably in your dental suite as it takes effect. Headphones and a selection of music is available for you. Warm blankets and neck pillows are also offered. You will begin feeling drowsy and relaxed. Dr. Morgan will add on nitrous oxide gas before your dental treatment begins to help complete your desired level of relaxation.
When you are ready, Dr. Morgan will numb up any teeth that are receiving treatment. Once treatment is completed, your designated driver that has been in the office during the entire appointment will drive you home. You will rest for the remainder of the day and remain in the company of a responsible adult until you are fully alert. You should not operate a motor vehicle for 24 hours after receiving Enteral Conscious Sedation.
What are the side effects of Enteral Conscious Sedation?
Side effects may include but are not limited to light-headedness, headache, dizziness, visual disturbances, amnesia, and nausea.