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Oral Sedation in Dentistry: What Your Dentist Needs to Know

Sedation in the form of oral medication is very popular in dentistry. It allows you to relax to the point that it feels like you napped through treatment! Sedation will make it easier for you to tolerate the anesthetic needles and noisy drills.

For oral sedation to be safe and effective, a few precautions are necessary. One of these precautions is filling in your dentist or oral surgeon on some vital details.

Use this information as a rough guide to get you started before you have a procedure under oral sedation.

Current Medical Conditions

Give your dentist a complete history of the medical conditions you are being treated for. This helps him or her to prescribe the safest form of sedation that’s right for you.

Current Medications

Mixing medications can have a serious negative effect. Provide you dentist with a detailed list of all your prescription drugs and dosages. Be sure to include over the counter medicines. Even herbal supplements should be included on the list as some can interact with oral sedatives.

Other Drugs

Even smoking and alcohol can affect how well the oral sedative works. Report the use and frequency of such substances to your dentist.

Work and Other Obligations

Let your dentist know about what you expect to do on the day of your appointment. Some medications will only affect you for a few hours. You generally need to arrange for a ride to and from your appointment. You shouldn’t drive or operate machinery while you have the sedative in your system. Discuss this openly with your prescribing doctor so that there is no confusion about what you should or shouldn’t do!

With forethought, open communication, and advance planning, your next sedation dentistry appointment can be a successful one!

Posted on behalf of:
Siena Dental
10075 S Eastern Ave # 107
Henderson, NV 89052-3974
(702) 567-0000

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