How Twilight Dentistry Works

Twilight Sedation works by

  • Relieving anxiety
  • Inducing hypnosis (a state of altered consciousness in which the patient responds well to simple commands, but is unable to do voluntary actions)
  • Causing anterograde amnesia (inability to create new memories right after the procedure)

How is Twilight Sedation given?sleep twilight dentistry

Routes of administration are

  • Oral (by mouth)
  • Inhalation
  • Parenteral (intravenous, intramuscular, or subcutaneous)

The most common route is intravenous (the anesthetic is injected into a vein).

How does it feel?

You will be very calm and relaxed during the procedure. You will be conscious and awake, but a bit drowsy. You may feel as if you just woke up from a very relaxing sleep, hence referred to as ‘twilight sleep’. It will make you forget the procedure completely, or you will remember a very little part of what happened during the procedure.

Which Drugs are used for Inducing Twilight Sleep?

Smaller doses of the drugs given in general anesthesia are used. Some of the more commonly used drugs are

  • Diazepam
  • Midazolam
  • Fentanyl
  • Ketamine
  • Propofol
  • Nitrous oxide