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Precautions With Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a great way for many people to relax enough to tolerate their dental treatment. With oral sedation, patients can essentially “sleep” through lengthy procedures.

Some people have extreme dental anxiety that causes them a lot of stress. Taking a prescribed medication right before dental appointment could change even your next dental experience.

What You Should Know

Your health history and current medications can alter the way an oral sedative works. It’s crucial to review your medical history with your dentist.

Because this is a controlled medication, you have to be careful. There is no magic dosage that works for everyone! Any medication poses the risk of complications and side-effects. With careful preparation, you can enjoy a safe and relaxed dental appointment.

What You Should Do

Follow your dentist’s directions carefully. Plan to arrive early for your appointment so that you’ll have time to relax. Bring along a friend or family member who can drive you to the office and back home after the appointment. Your ability to function normally will be impaired for some time while you’re on the medication.

What Your Dentist Should Do

Your dental team should be monitoring your vitals signs during treatment. They should also have on-hand specific medication that can help to reverse the effects of the sedation, if needed. You should receive from your dentist, in writing, a detailed explanation of the potential risks associated with the procedure and the sedation.

Find out more by contacting a dentist in your area who offers certified sedation techniques. Ask about how much experience he or she has had with sedation in the past. Thanks to oral sedation, your next dental treatment could pass by like a dream!

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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