You may need to request conscious sedation in order to receive it, especially during dental procedures like fillings, root canals, or crown replacements.
That’s because typically, only local numbing agents are used in these cases.
This may be accompanied by a heaviness or sluggishness that makes it feel harder to lift or move your limbs. Your reflexes are delayed, and you may respond or react more slowly to physical stimuli or to conversation.
You may even start smiling or laughing without an obvious cause. Conscious sedation may be covered by your health insurance if it’s considered part of the typical procedure.
It’s also often used during endoscopies and minor surgical procedures to relax patients and minimize discomfort.