Oral conscious sedation generally involves taking two pills, one the night before treatment and one the day of treatment. The patient is unable to drive with this sedation and must arrange transportation.
Normally the patient is given an anti-anxiety drug the night before to ensure a good night’s sleep.
A second anti-anxiety pill is taken one hour prior to the appointment the next day. This pill will be quick acting. The patient will remain conscious and able to respond to commands, but in a deep state of relaxation similar to a light sleep.
Patients who are afraid of needles or worry they might feel claustrophobic with a facemask don’t have to worry with oral conscious sedation. However, the effects of the sedative will continue for several hours.