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Oral Sedation Dentistry

we offer Oral Sedation as a form of sedation dentistry. Although sedation can make the dental procedure more tolerable for you, it’s important to note that it is not a substitute for painkillers. You may still need a dental anesthetic. However, our team is committed to ensuring your experience is as comfortable as possible.

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation is a type of conscious sedation that involves taking medication by mouth to help you relax and feel more comfortable during a dental or medical procedure

How does oral sedation work?

Oral sedation medication works by depressing the central nervous system, which helps you to feel more relaxed and less anxious during your procedure. The drug can also cause drowsiness and amnesia, which can help you to forget some of the details of the process.

What medications are used for oral sedation?

The most common medications used for oral sedation are benzodiazepines, such as diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), and triazolam (Halcion). These medications have sedative, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), and muscle-relaxant properties.

Is oral sedation safe?

Oral sedation is generally safe when administered by a trained healthcare professional. However, like any medication, oral sedation has risks and potential side effects. Your healthcare provider will evaluate your medical history and current medications to determine if oral sedation is safe.

How long does oral sedation last?

The duration of oral sedation depends on the medication used, and the dose given. Most oral sedatives take effect within 30-60 minutes and can last several hours. You will be monitored during the procedure.

Will I be asleep during the procedure?

Oral sedation is not intended to put you to sleep. It is a form of conscious sedation, which means you can respond to verbal commands and physical touch, but you will feel more relaxed and less anxious.

Oral sedation may be a good option for people who experience dental anxiety or have a low pain tolerance. It may also be used for people who need to undergo a lengthy or complicated procedure or for people who have a strong gag reflex. Your healthcare provider will evaluate your medical history and current medications to determine if oral sedation is safe

Who is a good candidate for oral sedation?

Your healthcare provider will evaluate your medical history and current medications to determine if oral sedation is safe for you to take with your regular medications. It is essential to inform your healthcare provider of all medicines and supplements you are taking before your procedure.

Can I take my regular medications with oral sedation?

Your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions on whether you can eat or drink before your procedure. Usually, it is ok to have a small portion of food.

What should I expect after the procedure?

You may feel drowsy and unsteady on your feet after the procedure, so having someone drive you home is essential. You may also experience temporary side effects like dizziness, headache, and nausea.

Can I eat or drink before oral sedation?

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