Oral Sedation Dentistry
Patients who are anxious regarding dental procedures may need an oral medication to allow them to relax while receiving dental care. With oral sedation, the patient may be sleepy but can be aroused if necessary and can respond to simple commands.
What medication is used during Sedation Dentistry?
One of many safe and widely-used sleeping pills will be used to relax you during your visit. In certain cases nitrous oxide gas may also be used as an additional medication.
What is nitrous oxide and how does it work?
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is most often used for patients who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. It eases their fears so that they can relax and receive treatment comfortably and safely.
Nitrous oxide is administered by placing a small mask over the patient’s nose. As the gas begins to work, the patient becomes calm, although he or she is still awake and can talk. When the gas is turned off, the effects of sedation wear off almost immediately.
Sedation Dentistry side effects
Minor side effects such as nausea or vomiting can occur with some medications. Before a visit in which a patient is to receive oral sedation, he/she should receive instructions about eating and drinking, what to expect and what to watch for after treatment.
You may need assistance to get home after sedation. Patients may need to stay for a short observation after dental treatment has been completed.
How safe is Sedation Dentistry?
Properly administered oral sedation is the safest form of sedation. Our office is certified and inspected for safety, we use sophisticated monitoring equipment during all procedures and you are always attended by a trained dentist or staff member.
Will I still receive a local anesthetic such as Novocain for invasive dental procedures?
Always. Oral sedation is not general anesthesia. Treatment is no different than if you were not sedated. The difference is that you will be much more relaxed, memory of the procedure will be minimal and the time will seem to fly by.
Can I drive home after Sedation Dentistry?
No. The effects last many hours and driving is not safe. We will call your ride at the end of your appointment to bring you home. You should not plan to do anything but sleep for the rest of the day. By the next morning you will feel normal and rested.