Conscious sedation – the solution for the fearful!!


What is Procedural Sedation or Conscious Sedation?

This is a very light form of anaesthesia where the patient does not lose consciousness. Sedative drugs are used in very low doses so that the patient is rendered free of any anxiety and discomfort, but can communicate verbally throughout the procedure.


What are the advantages of Conscious Sedation?

  1. Procedures are less traumatic for patient,
  2. Costs are significantly lower than General Anaesthesia,
  3. Anxiety is minimized,
  4. Recovery period is shorter,
  5. There is a lower incidence of nausea and vomiting
  6. It enables them to remain calm and will make them feel drowsy. The patient will not remember the procedure or that they’ve experienced any pain during the procedure.

The procedure is done in a state of fasting, your last meal only needs to be 6 hours before the procedure.


Who would benefit from Conscious Sedation?

It is ideal for minor but painful procedures and for people who have a high level of anxiety, but does not always qualify for General Anaesthesia. More specifically this service is aimed at people who get very anxious during medical procedures and anybody that has a very low pain threshold who needs a medical procedure. It’s especially beneficial for toddlers to minimize trauma in cases where a lot of work is required. We want to enforce a positive environment surrounding your kids visit to a dentist.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I am conscious during the procedure, will I feel pain?


  • How long does it take to ‘wake up’ after the procedure?

During a conscious sedation your consciousness will never be totally suppressed as with a general anaesthetic – thus the term “conscious sedation”. Some patients are sleepier than others and some will even sleep through the procedure. The patient can however be aroused by verbal command or physical stimuli. After the infusion of the drugs has stopped, recovery is swift. In most cases this recovery time is 15 – 30 minutes. You could feel drowsy or light headed for a period after the procedure.

  • Which side effects can occur after a conscious sedation?

Almost none of the patients experience nausea after the sedation. One of the drugs used during the conscious sedation has a strong anti-nausea effect. The incidence is only 0.7%. Other possible side effects includes: shivering, drowsiness/dizziness, headaches.

You should be able to leave the aftercare after 15 – 45 minutes. You are however not allowed to drive yourself home. You would not be able to return to work or school, kids should remain in the company of a responsible adult for 12 hours following the sedation.

  • Will my medical aid cover this procedure?

Please contact your medical aid to confirm this or to get authorization for the procedure. We will provide you with a cost estimate.


For more information contact us on 012 997 0171