You will remain conscious during this kind of sedation dentistry and be able to respond to questions.
You may experience a temporary loss of memory during the time that you are sedated. Many patients have no memory of the procedure at all. You may feel unsteady on your feet for some hours afterwards. Your ability to think clearly and make judgements may be affected for the next 24 hours. You may experience some forgetfulness.
Once you are sedated, the dentist may use local analgesia (pain relief that numbs the site of the dental treatment). Local anaesthetic as a paste is sometimes used to numb the site of the treatment. Any injections that you may need can be given through this numbed area to reduce the chance of any discomfort.
You will spend some time recovering following your treatment either within the surgery or in a separate private area, following your treatment. You will be checked by the dentist before you can go home. You MUST be accompanied by an able-bodied adult who can take responsibility for you following your treatment. This person may need to stay with you overnight. If arrangements have not been made for someone to accompany you after treatment, you will not be able to have the sedation.
If you have any questions or are unclear about sedation dentistry, then do not hesitate to ask your dentist.