How Does Oral Sedation Work?
Oral sedation is an excellent option for many people who fear visiting the dentist, as well as those who have a strong gag reflex or do not numb easily from local anesthetics. Oral sedation is considered conscious sedation, because it relaxes you and may make you sleepy, but you remain capable of responding to your dentist’s instructions.
As the name suggests, oral sedation consists of taking a pill—generally a benzodiazepine such as Valium or Xanax. The pill depresses the central nervous system, relieving anxiety and making you feel deeply relaxed. You will be asked to take the pill approximately an hour before your appointment, and to have someone drive you to and from the dentist’s office.
You will likely feel tired and out of it for the rest of the day. You should not drive or perform any task that requires concentration for 24 hours after your appointment. You may also experience some side effects such as nausea and vomiting. However, if you follow your dentist’s instructions, you should feel normal again the next day.
Be sure not to mix your oral sedation medication with any alcohol or other depressants. Give your dentist a full list of prescription and over the counter medications you use, and be honest about any alcohol or recreational drug use. Oral sedation is an excellent solution for many people, but is not right for everyone. Your dentist will help you decide if it is right for you.
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