King House Dental Group
Prior to the procedure, the dentist will give the patient a prescription for medication to fill at their pharmacy and take before the procedure. The pill is typically taken up to an hour before the procedure to give the patient time to relax and get comfortable. The sedation level for oral conscious sedation ranges between light and moderate.
Patients undergoing less invasive procedures will receive a light sedation that allows them to simply relax, while remaining awake. Patients who are undergoing more complex or lengthy procedures will be given a heavier dose of medication, but the patient will remain awake and relaxed. It is also common that patients undergoing moderate oral sedation fall asleep, but most are easily woken up with a gentle nudge.
The cost of oral conscious sedation varies based on the needs of the patient and the dosage that is given. It is generally more expensive than nitrous oxide.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation