Imagine walking into Arch Dental in Garden City, sitting down, slowly relaxing into a dream-like state, and waking up with your dental problems corrected. This scenario is now completely possible with sedation using oral medication. Highly effective for mild to moderate anxiety, oral medication delivers a more relaxed state than Nitrous Oxide.
It’s a rather simple process; you take a prescribed pill a few hours or an hour before your appointment, which will initiate a sedate feeling once you arrive. This feeling will continue to set in and last throughout the treatment. Afterwards, you will feel refreshed without recalling much.
Effects of Oral Medication
Safe, economical and convenient, oral medication reduces your response to pain, smells and sounds to facilitate a state of relaxation. If you are currently taking any other medication, please inform our team. Also, please alert us if you are allergic to certain types of medication beforehand. Once we review your current and past medical info, we can determine if oral medication is right for you.
The type of oral medication prescribed depends on the procedure being performed, your medical condition and any other medication you’re taking. In many cases, sedative medication called benzodiazepines are used. Examples of benzodiazepines include diazepam, lorazepam and triazolam.
Before and After Your Procedure
In addition to providing a complete health history beforehand:
- You will need someone to drive you to and from your sedation appointment.
- You should not eat or drink six hours prior to your appointment unless otherwise directed by your our team.
- Your health history can affect your before and after care plans, especially for diabetics and smokers, so make sure we know about any medical conditions you may have.
- For longer appointments, the remainder of the day should be taken off. For shorter appointments, only half a day may be necessary. Be sure to stay hydrated and drink lots of fluids. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours.
- Most patients feel no discomfort or residual effects from the oral medication.
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding sedation with oral medication, please contact our office at (516) 683-1870. We would be happy to address any questions you have.