Monday, June 22, 2015

The Huggins-Grube Protocol – Phase Two – Conscious Sedation (Sweet Dreams)

Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to order your own jar of My Magic Mud. As soon as you receive it and start using it, you’ll see why I wrote about it so enthusiastically in last week’s post. (Need a refresher? You can find it here.)

Meanwhile, it’s time to continue our look at the Huggins-Grube Protocol. We’ve seen pretty much everything involved in the first, or preparatory, phase. So, now it’s time to have a look at the second phase. This is where we get into the actual work of dental revision . . . the “goal” of Phase One.

Conscious Sedation

Remember Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics? They were really popular back in the early 80’s. That is, back when “the oldies” were the hit songs of the 50’s and 60’s. Crazy how time flies, huh?

Anyway, the Eurythmics had a hit song called “Sweet Dreams.” For whatever reason, it popped into my head as I was thinking about this post and its main topic: conscious sedation. If you know this catchy tune, you’ll probably hum along with me as I explain why.


“Conscious sedation?” you ask. It’s easily one of the most important recent additions to the Protocol within the past decade. Most of you probably have had a local anesthetic – such as a Novacaine shot – once or twice in your lifetime. You remain conscious, but the treated area of your mouth goes completely numb, enabling more or less painless dental work. The other extreme would be a general anesthetic, such as nitrous oxide. It might be used in the case of more detailed surgery, such as wisdom teeth removal.

Well, between these two “extremes,” if you will, is conscious sedation. Think of it like a pleasant twilight sleep. You know what’s going on – more or less – but without a care in the world. Afterward, however, you may not remember anything, due to the amnesia that accompanies this kind of sedation.


Aside from not remembering your time in the dental chair, there are much more serious benefits associated with conscious sedation.  It is possible to do the entire work of dental revision, involving all four quadrants of the mouth, in a single sitting. This is a huge deal for your immune system. Essentially, your body is able to endure the relative trauma associated with amalgam removal and then start healing, without the interruptions of sequential appointments. And, because of the “twilight sleep,” the six or more hours that might be involved in the process seem more like two.

Next week, I’ll talk about the other important safety features used during the revision process. For now, just know that we take every step of that process with the utmost seriousness. At Centers For Healing, there is no such thing as the contradiction between a successful treatment, on the one hand, and an unhealed patient, on the other. Our work is only a success when you’re back on the road to restored health and immunity. Period.

All the best,

Dr. Blanche Grube

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