If you are responsible for accompanying your friend or family member home after his or her dental sedation procedure, there are a few things you should be prepared to do. Fortunately, it’s extremely rare for there to be any complications that long after treatment. Your tasks are simple.
Offer A Lift
Someone in a sedated state should never drive. Be prepared to play chauffeur or otherwise guide your friend home via public transportation. The patient also should stay away from heavy machinery.
Stay Away From Alcohol
If the patient is of drinking age and enjoys a cold one at the end of a long day, you’ll want to discourage him or her from indulging this habit, just for one evening. It’s dangerous to mix alcohol with drugs left over in the system.
Watch Them Sleep
The patient may still be drowsy after the procedure. If they zonk out, just check in now and then to make sure they’re breathing normally and wake them if they aren’t.
Follow-up On Pain Management
If your friend still has numb lips and/or tongue from dental treatment, make sure they don’t eat anything crazy hot! It’s also a good idea to stick to clear liquids and light low-fat foods for the first meal to avoid a stomach upset. Monitor the patient’s use of pain medication to make sure they take only the recommended dose.
In the meantime, enjoy listening to some of the goofy things your buddy may say while still sedated! Before leaving the office, make sure you’re clear on everything the patient’s dentist instructs you to do.
Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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