What is oral sedation? Oral sedation is a form of sleep dentistry medicine that uses a prescription sedative to help the patient relax for a few hours at a time. The medication is taken by mouth about one hour prior to the appointment, so that the full effects have been achieved before treatment is scheduled to begin. In some cases the patient may be given a second dose of sedative at the time of treatment to further enhance their level of comfort.
The prescription medication that is used for oral sedation is also an amnesiac. That means most patients remember absolutely nothing (or extremely little) about their appointment at all. However, you’ll be semi-conscious enough to be led into the treatment room, follow basic instructions, and respond to simple yes-or-no questions. It will almost feel as if you are taking a very heavy nap and are in a dream-like state of mind.
It’s important to have someone such as a friend or family member drive you to and from your sedation dentistry appointment, since you will be unable to drive yourself. Most medication wears off within a few hours, giving you time to return back home and get comfortable after your procedure.
Oral sedation can be used on patients of all ages. It is a great way to sit back, relax, and have all of your oral care needs taken care of at one appointment. Most healthy individuals are candidates for oral sedation, but your dentist will perform a health history review and screening to determine whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure. Call your dentist to ask about adding oral sedation to your next treatment visit!
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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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