It is a technique of administering sedatives to induce a state that allows the patient to tolerate unpleasant
dental procedures while maintaining cardiorespiratory function.

Conscious sedation is a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anaesthetic) during the dental procedure. You will probably stay awake but may not be able to speak. Conscious sedation lets you recover quickly and return to your everyday activities soon after your procedure. It is commonly used in dentistry for people who feel anxious or panicked during complex procedures like fillings, root canals or routine cleanings.


  • You will sit on the dental chair or lie on a table.
  • You will receive a sedative through an oral tablet or IV line or a facial mask that lets you inhale the sedative.
  • You will wait until the sedative takes effect.
  • Your doctor will monitor your breathing and your blood pressure.
  • Once the sedative starts working, the dentist will start the procedure.


  • You may need to stay in the operating room for an hour or so, wherein your heart rate, breathing and blood pressure is closely monitered.
  • Bring a family member or a friend who can drive or take you home.
  • Some side effects may last for the rest of the day. These include drowsiness, headache, nausea and sluggishness. Take a day off work and avoid intense physical activity until side effects wear off.