Q: Will I be totally “out” for my dental treatment if I elect to use conscious sedation?
A: No, conscious sedation will not put you totally under or “out” for dental treatment. It is a possibility that you may sleep but you will not be unconscious. A good description for conscious sedation is that you are aware of what is happening to you; it is just that you are in a dream like state. Because of the type of oral medication that we will have you use, it is possible that you will not even remember having had dental treatment or being in our office since it has an amnesia effect.
Q: How will I feel when I am under conscious sedation?
A: Most patients find that they are very comfortable, relaxed and tend to go to sleep which makes their dental appointment seen very short and quite enjoyable.
Q: Does Dr. Charles J. Pybus have any special training to use conscious sedation in his office?
A: Yes, Dr. Pybus, as required by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE), to obtain a anesthesia permit for the use of local, anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and oral sedation alone or in combination with each other. In order to maintain his permit Dr. Pybus must complete continuing education hours every two years on the administration of the highest permitted level of sedation.
Q: Can I drive myself to my appointment if I have elected to use conscious sedation for my dental treatment?
A: I you are electing to only use Nitrous Oxide, (and of course a local anesthesia) during your treatment you may drive yourself to and from your appoinement. This is because the entire effects of Nitrous Oxide can be reversed in our office by having you breathe regular oxygen for a minimum of 5 minutes once your treatment has been completed. You should have no residual effects from the Nitrous Oxide and therefore you may drive your own car. If, however you have elected to use any type of oral sedation with or without Nitrous Oxide, you must have a driver bring you to and from your appointment.
For more answers please call our office at 806-354-2500. We will be happy to provide you additional information about oral conscious sedation in Amarillo, Texas, and help you schedule a consultation with our dentist.