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Is Oral Sedation Safe?

Do you cringe when you think of going to the dentist?  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could go to sleep and wake up with all of your dental work done?  You can, with oral sedation!  When you select this type of sedation, medications are used to relax you during your dental procedure.

How Does Oral Sedation Work?

During this type of procedure, you will usually take a couple pills of prescription sedative and anti-anxiety medication. You will need to take them about one hour before (in some cases, the night before) your dental procedure. The medication in the pills will cause you to feel very drowsy but you will not be completely asleep.  You will still be in a completely relaxed state, yet still semi-conscious.

How Safe is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation is considered very safe for most patients.  It is very important, however, to discuss your health history with your dentist.  Also, make sure to tell your dentist about all of the medications you are currently taking, including recreational drugs.

Certain health conditions and medications could disqualify you from using oral sedation during your dental procedure.  For example, recreational drugs are unpredictable so it is unsafe to use oral sedation while you are using recreational drugs.  Your dentist will be able to discuss whether or not you would be a good candidate for oral sedation based on your current medications and health history.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Are you considering oral sedation but you are still concerned about its safety?  Talk to your dentist to discuss your concerns and find out if oral sedation is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

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