Oral sedation

Sedation is a commonly used procedure which involves the use of medication to relax the patient whilst undergoing dental treatment. There are several types of sedation which include oral sedation, IV sedation and inhalation sedation.

Sedation does not mean that the patient is asleep. What it does mean however, is that the person is drowsy and relaxed but is still aware of their surroundings.

Plus it is useful for people who are afraid of the dentist and are unlikely to cooperate or undergo treatment whilst they have this fear. Sedation will help them to relax and ensure that treatment progresses smoothly and efficiently.

If a person is not suitable for sedation then the other option is a general anaesthetic. This means that the person is unconscious throughout the procedure and the effects will take several hours to wear off.

What is oral sedation?

This form of sedation takes the form of a tablet or capsule which is taken by mouth. You are required to take this medication a few hours before your treatment so do not drive or drink alcohol during this time.

Follow the instructions given by the dentist and ask someone to drive you home afterwards. You will find that you are very sleepy and remain in this state for several hours afterwards.

Do not return to work until the following day.

Effects of oral sedation

This medication dampens down your senses so you will have reduced responses to pain, smells and sounds. They also cause a mild form of amnesia so you may not remember a great deal about your treatment. 

If you are taking any medication then mention this before being prescribed an oral sedative. Plus also mention if you have an allergy to certain types of medication. Oral sedation is not suitable for every patient.

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