I have been doing conscious sedation for 3 years now and I can say without a doubt that this is a wonderful benefit for my patients. It is sometimes called “Sleep Dentistry” or “Twilight Sleep”. “Why the benefit?” you ask; well, it is for the fearful patient. Even with all the improvements in the care we now have, people are still afraid. Who is eligible for this service? Surprisingly, it is most people. It can be safer to use than not to use. Because of people’s fear some emergencies are more likely to occur. Conscious sedation helps reduce the anxiety, thereby reducing risks of complications that may arise. It is also used for a patient who does not want to remember the appointment. There is a medication we use that has an amnesic effect. So, even though my assistants and myself have magnetic personalities, it can be a very easy appointment. I do not take it as an affront if you fall asleep on me and snore. Sweet dreams!
Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles