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What is Moderate (Conscious) Sedation?


What is moderate (conscious) sedation and what is it used for?


Moderate (conscious) sedation can help an anxious or fearful child relax during their dental treatment. Your child will drink a liquid medication in the office and wait 30-60 minutes for it to take effect.

During this time, you will wait with your child in our waiting area. When your child is brought to their treatment room, they will receive a combination of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen to help them further relax.

Conscious sedation is not intended to make a child fall completely asleep, but some children fall asleep secondary to being relaxed. They are easily arousable at any point during the procedure.

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