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What to Expect During an Oral Sedation Dental Appointment

Oral sedation is an alternative to intravenous sedation, providing minimal to moderate sedation by administering a pill about an hour before the appointment.

Inform the dentist of all medications, vitamins, and supplements you took before the appointment. It is important to know these because some substances can mildly interact with the sedative.

What You Feel

The medication will take effect within a matter of minutes, making you feel calm and drowsy, but you should stay awake. Some patients fall asleep in the chair, but they are easily awakened and not unconscious. Patients have reported that they feel distant and dreamy under the influence of the medication. Hours pass by like minutes, and they don’t recall much of what happened. If you and the dentist have decided that you may need some local anesthesia, then having the shot won’t bother you after being relaxed by the pill.

What Happens During the Appointment

Your condition will be carefully monitored at all times by the dentist. When you feel relaxed and free of anxiety, the dentist will be free to complete the treatment you agreed upon prior to taking the medication. Your dental treatment will be completed in the same way it would be for anyone else who didn’t opt for oral sedation. You take the pill, relax, and the work is done. It’s that easy!

After the Appointment

Plan to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your sedation appointment that day.

Carefully discuss with the dentist well in advance what your treatment preferences and concerns are. Ask our team today about the sedation options we can offer to make your next dental experience as relaxed as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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