Oral Sedation Dentistry
Your comfort and relaxation is our top priority at the Melbourne Dental Implant and Sleep Centre. We understand that dental procedures can sometimes cause anxiety and apprehension. That’s why we offer oral sedation as a specialised service to help make your dental experience as stress free as possible.
Oral sedation is a safe and effective method we use to help you feel calm and at ease during your dental treatment. With oral sedation, you will take a prescribed medication in the form of a pill before your appointment to help you feel calm and at ease during your dental procedure.
How Does Oral Sedation Work?
Before your scheduled procedure, our experienced dentist will provide you with specific instructions on when and how to take the oral sedation medication. It’s important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure your safety and the effectiveness of the sedation.
Once the medication takes effect, you will start to experience deep relaxation and a sense of calm. Many patients find this state so relaxing that they may even fall asleep during the procedure, but don’t worry, you can easily be awakened if needed. Throughout your treatment, our attentive dental team will closely monitor your vital signs to ensure your well-being.
What Medicine is used for Oral Sedation?
The medication used to ease anxiety is usually used as oral sedation. Medications like triazolam from the Valium family are typically prescribed, but some dentists also use lorazepam and zaleplon. The dentist will give you the medicine based on your unique situation and preferences.
These medications are safe to use, and our dentists will determine the correct dose to ensure you are relaxed before the treatment. Our team will also provide guidelines and instructions to use the medication safely.
Oral Sedation Side Effects
Oral sedation has few side effects, however some patients might experience the following:
- Temporary memory loss
- Dry mouth
These side effects will subside a few hours after the dental procedure.
While oral sedation can help eliminate anxiety and make it easier for dentists to perform the treatment, it might not be suitable for everyone.
It is important to share accurate medical history with your dentist and the medications you are currently taking so that the team can determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this sedation.
After Your Oral Sedation Treatment
Taking oral sedation for a dental procedure is a safe and effective way to keep anxiety, fear, and pain away. The dental team will give you proper instructions about what you should and shouldn’t do before and after oral sedation.
Here are some of the things you shouldn’t do post oral sedation procedure:
Don’t drive home right after the surgery; ask a friend or family member to take you home. Be sure to also avoid traveling home alone on a train or bus.
Avoid going to work or doing any other activity right after, as it is best to rest until the effects of the sedation wear off.
Don’t make any critical decisions or sign legal documentation within 24 hours of taking the oral sedation.
Having an attendant is ideal as the dentist can provide them with follow-up meeting information, things to do and avoid after the treatment, and general guidelines regarding aftercare to ensure proper healing.
Don’t drive a vehicle or use any heavy equipment within 24 hours of taking the oral sedation.
Don’t consume heavy meals within 24 hours of taking the sedation. Be sure to hydrate yourself and eat a light meal once the sedation has completely worn off.
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Get Your Dental Treatment Using Oral Sedation Today!
Oral sedation is a great way to eliminate the fear and anxiety about getting a dental procedure. While it might not suit everyone, it still benefits many patients.
Get in touch with us for an initial consultation today to determine whether oral sedation would be best for you.