Can anyone tell me about "concious sedation"?

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I am having 13 extractions and an immediate upper denture put in on Friday. My dentist gave told me to take two 5mg diazepam an hour before bed on the night before the procedure, then take two .25mg triazolam an hour before the surgery, then two more 5mg diazepam at bedtime the same night after the procedure. He said I won't remember anything after gerting to the office. Has anyone else had this "cocktail"? And if so how did it work for you? I was told that although I would be awake and know what was going on, that I wouldn't care at the time and then wouldn't remember at all. It makes me nervous to think I will be aware of what is happening at the time. I had IV sedation for my wisdom teeth and really didn't remember anything, but that was different medicine with an IV so I'm sure it will be different.
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Hi I too had 13 upper teeth pulled on Tuesday. I didn't take any pills at all not my choice but my dentist took them out with only Novocaine. I felt no pain whatsoever, you do feel a little pressure and pulling which is mildly uncomfortable but not painful. I have a fear of Dentists that is so bad and if I can get through it, doing so with some meds will be a breeze. I was told I could have IV sedation but declined. I wanted to be alert and listen to my dentists advice afterwards. My whole procedure from start to finish took 1 hour. I'm now coming up to 48 hours and look like a chipmunk as swelling is at its peak. Hopefully it'll go down today as I'm back at work tomorrow. See my dentist later to take my dentures out for the first time. Don't worry you'll be fine.
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Thank you for your quick response. I too will be going back to work not long afterwards. I have it tomorrow (Friday) afternoon and return to work Sunday morning. I was originally scheduled for this morning, but it has to be rescheduled due to a miscommunication with the lab. I am nervous about losing basically a day and a half of recovery but since they are only uppers I imagine that will make it a little easier. I'm glad to hear everything went well for you and that you are healing well! I goes a long way in easing my mind about my own procedure. Thank you!
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Alicia, I had IV sedation as well. I believe for most people it's not a bad experience. If I had it to do over again, I would ask the dentist to test for sensitivity before beginning the extractions, just to make sure. My dentist rushed it and I felt 3 out of 5 but that could have been very easily avoided with a bit of patience. :)

I personally can't imagine returning to work so soon. I am between jobs right now because we moved long distance and I am supposed to have a job interview on Monday. That's a heck of a debut. I'm sooooo nervous! I haven't had a job interview in 15 years. ack!
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When did you have it done? And if you don't mind me asking how many teeth did you have done? Good luck with your job interview!!!! If you are nervous you could always practice your responses. I know it sound cheesy but I always hated the "what are your strengths and weaknesses" or "how would you describe yourself" questions.
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Thanks!  

I had my IV sedation a week ago today and had 5 pulled on the bottom. The uppers were done just this past Tuesday, so I'm on day 3 with those. Baby steps. I had 10 pulled on the top.
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My dentist had me take 1 diazepam 5mg at bedtime the night before and 2 of them 1 hour before extractions. My hubby drove me - don't drive! - and I was really relaxed. I was awake the whole time, felt a little at the start of the shots but once all the shots were done, didn't feel a thing and I was so relaxed, I didn't care. He put my permanent dentures right in. Worked great for me. Took a heavy duty pain killer when I got home and slept with a towel so that blood didn't get all over. After that just Tylenol. That was on June 29th. Doing great now, a couple of relines and now can eat a little crisper things. Still like to take them out in early evening to rest my mouth. Good luck, you should do fine on the "cocktails".
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Judi- Thank you for sharing your experience. It really does help to hear that it worked for someone else. My husband will be driving me and I made sure to write down the questions I had, and I am making him write down the instructions from the dentist. I love the dude, but I also know him and he won't remember everything and will just give me the "gist" of things. I need details!!! Lol
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LOL your husband sounds like me! I have the memory of a goldfish! The dentist will likely give you printed instructions and guidance anyways, so it's all good.  :)
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I had that when I had a spinal and I remember most of it but did not feel any pain. I wish I would have had that for the liver biop and bone samples!! Two nasty test! You will be fine. PROMISE!
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Diana ... It sounds like you have definitely been through a thing or two in your life. If you can go through that and be ok , I know I can get through this ok. Now if my nerves would only believe that we would be great lol.
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The one thing I learned in life is you can get through anything you set your mind to. You can be anything you want to be as long as you reach for it.

From being allergic to dairy products to years down the road finding out I had hemochromatosis to finding out I have brucellosis and chronic mono and having to deal with all those things, I am blessed! In the middle of all of that my daughter was murdered in a domestic violence situation. Just remember one important thing here you are not alone and we're all cheering for you.
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OMG!!! Can I hug you?! You are a strong woman! :)
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Right back at you!
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I can't imagine going through that. You are a very strong person and your continued optimism and outlook on life throughout everything is inspiring!!! Thank you for sharing that with me, it helps put things in perspective. I am very blessed and this is just a mild bump in the road that will improve my quality of life later on, even if it is scary now. Thank you!!!! Only 7 more hours to go!!#
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Strength is something you acquire with time and I know there's something better waiting for me later down the road so this life is not going to keep me down!
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Best of luck to you! I truly hope it's a positive and painless experience for you. :) Do check in to let us know how it has went for you and that you are doing well. :)