Conscious sedation in adults. When is this technique advisable?
Conscious sedation is a technique that only professionals who are accredited as an anesthetist can perform as a way to help adult patients feel calmer during their visits.
This technique is only used in cases in which the patient has a high degree of anxiety that prevents the patient from relaxing during the appointment and cannot be treated as a consequence.
There are three ways to administer conscious sedation to adults: via inhalation, intravenously and orally.
When is it advisable to use conscious sedation in adults?Conscious sedation is only advisable in the following cases:
- Patients who are uncooperative during their visit (this group could include patients with a disability).
- Patients with a fear of visiting the dentist.
- Conscious sedation may also be used in those cases where the treatment lasts a long time, like during surgery to place dental implants.