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How Does My Dentist Keep Me Safe During Oral Sedation?

That question is a very important one. Even if you aren’t normally scared of having dental work done, you may rightly be apprehensive of letting yourself come under the influence of powerful medication. Reminding yourself of the safety precautions your dentist will take can help you feel more at peace.

Prior to Your Appointment

The dentist will first review your medical history to make sure that you are a candidate for oral sedation. Use this opportunity to ask about how many similar procedures he or she has completed with oral sedation.

Your dentist will want to monitor when and how much of the prescribed medication you take. It is ideal for you to take the medication upon arriving to your appointment with a companion who can drive you home afterwards. You will be prescribed with the lowest effective dose first, because you can always receive more later.

During the Procedure

Don’t worry – you won’t be completely unconscious! You will feel relaxed, but still able to respond to questions and instructions from the dentist. Your vital signs will be closely monitored at all times during your dental procedure. Oxygen and emergency medication will be on-hand in the event you have a response of any kind. Oral sedation dentists are highly skilled and certified to perform this procedure in their office.

When It’s All Over

The dentist will make sure that you have a friend or family member available to drive you home. He or she will also give you instructions to follow for resting and recovering. There are typically no residual effects from oral sedation to be worried about.

Before your next sedation appointment, feel free to ask your dentist every question you can think of. Your safety and peace of mind are extremely important!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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