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Oral Sedation

Are you one of those people who get anxious and nervous at the mere mention of a dental appointment? Do you shy away from routine check-ups or necessary procedures due to fear and anxiety? If so, then oral sedation might just be your solution! Oral sedation is an increasingly popular approach that helps alleviate dental phobia, reducing stress and making it easier for patients to receive the care they need.

Oral sedation is a type of conscious sedation that is achieved by taking a pill before your appointment. The pill will make you feel more relaxed, but you will still be able to respond to questions and follow directions. You might even nod out while receiving treatment.

Benefits of Oral Sedation

There are many benefits to oral sedation. Some people find that it makes them feel more relaxed while others find that it makes them feel more anxious. It is important to consider the benefits of oral sedation before deciding if it is right for you.

Some benefits of sedation include:

  • It can help you feel more relaxed during dental procedures
  • It can help reduce your anxiety about dental procedures
  • It can help you stay still during dental procedures
  • It can help you better tolerate long or complex dental procedures

How Does Oral Sedation Work?

Oral sedation is a type of dental sedation that involves the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. The oral sedative is usually taken in pill form about an hour before the appointment, and it works by helping to reduce anxiety and fear. Patients who undergo oral sedation typically remain awake during the procedure, but they may feel drowsy and have little memory of the appointment afterward. Oral sedation is a safe and effective way to help make dental procedures more comfortable for patients.

Questions to Ask When Selecting a Dentist for Oral Sedation

If you're considering oral sedation for your dental procedure, it's important to select a dentist who has experience with this type of sedation. Here are some questions to consider:

  • How long has the dentist been performing oral sedation? 
  • How many procedures has the dentist performed using oral sedation? 
  • What type of training and certification does the dentist have in administering oral sedation? 
  • What are the potential side effects of oral sedation? 
  • How will the dentist monitor my vital signs during the procedure? 
  • How do I get ready for my appointment?
  • What should I expect after the procedure? 

These are just a few of the questions you should ask when selecting a dentist for oral sedation. Be sure to discuss all of your concerns and expectations with your chosen provider before proceeding with any type of dental treatment.

How To Prepare For Oral Sedation?

If you are considering oral sedation for your next dental procedure, there are a few things you should do to prepare. First, it is important to choose a reputable dentist who is experienced in administering oral sedation. Once you have chosen a dentist, be sure to let them know of any medical conditions you have and any medications you are currently taking. Moreover, you should avoid food and liquids for at least six hours prior to your visit.

When you arrive for your appointment, be sure to tell the dentist if you are feeling anxious or nervous. They will likely give you a pill to help you relax before the procedure. It is important to stay calm during the procedure and follow the dentist's instructions. You may feel drowsy after the sedation wears off, so it is important to have someone drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

Alternatives to Oral Sedation

There are a few alternatives to oral sedation that can be used to achieve a similar level of relaxation. One such alternative is intravenous (IV) sedation, which is administered directly into the bloodstream and takes effect more quickly than oral sedation. Another option is sublingual sedation, which involves placing medication under the tongue to achieve a quicker onset of action. Finally, there is inhaled sedation, which uses a mask to deliver a steady stream of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) mixed with oxygen. This type of sedation is often used in conjunction with another form of sedation or anesthesia.

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Caring After Oral Sedation

If you're getting oral sedation for your dental procedure, it's important to know how to care for yourself afterward. Here are some tips:-

  • Rest easy the remainder of the day.
  • Too much activity can make you feel nauseous or dizzy.
  • Drink lots of fluids, but avoid alcohol. 
  • Alcohol can interact with the medication and make you feel even more drowsy.
  • Eat soft, diluted foods like crackers or toast. 
  • Avoid hot, spicy, or acidic foods that could irritate your mouth or throat.
  • If you're feeling sick, try taking an over-the-counter medication like Dramamine.
  • Get plenty of rest. You may feel tired for the next day or two after your procedure.


Oral sedation is an incredibly effective way to help patients feel more at ease and comfortable during dental treatments. It enables dentists to work with a calm, relaxed patient, which in turn can reduce the amount of time spent on treatment. With oral sedation, there's no need for needles or IVs—it's a safe, noninvasive method that patients can take at home before their appointment. If you're feeling anxious about your upcoming dental visit, don't hesitate to ask your dentist about oral sedation as an option!

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