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How does oral sedation work?


Posted on 5/8/2023 by Shiv Sharma, DDS
How does oral sedation work?Most people prefer oral sedation since it is the most convenient. Instead of achieving moderate drowsiness or pain relief, oral sedation aims to create a more comfortable, agreeable, and less agitated patient. The dentist should always advise the patient to be accompanied by an adult no matter how slight the sedative effect will be.

Advantages


Using oral sedatives saves time and money for both the patient and the dentist. Dentists do not need specialized training or specific equipment for this procedure, and there are no injections or special functions. There is no harm to the dentist in consulting the patient's doctor if they have any questions about their medical condition.

Disadvantages


There may be a delay at the beginning of the effect (between 30 and 60 minutes) and the recovery period. There is a risk of relying too heavily on patients' compliance, especially regarding the presence of an adult to accompany them home. Nausea and vomiting are two of this medication's most common side effects.

Indications


Oral sedation is the preferred treatment method for patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety. It is used in conjunction with other sedatives for those patients who are more anxious.

Contraindications


Oral sedatives are not recommended for patients who want fast action, have a history of chronic drug use, or are pregnant or lactating. In these cases, injections or inhalation methods would be more appropriate, as would sedation by intravenous catheter. Call Us today to book an appointment.

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