Things to let your Dentist know before Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is one of the most popular and effective methods of sedation in dentistry. It is essentially best for people who have the fear of needles or are uncomfortable with nitrous oxide sedation. Oral sedation requires that you take a sedative pill that is a form of Benzodiazepine  (much similar to Xanax and Valium) a couple of hours before the procedure. The pill slows down the activity in the parts of the brain that control anxiety and fear hence helping patients relax during the dental procedure and let their dentists do their job without any disruption. 

How to plan your appointment

If your dentist has decided that oral sedation would be the best option for your dental procedure, you need to prepare for your appointment. Here are the steps you need to take:

  • Your dental specialist may prescribe you to take the pill the night before the operation so you can get a good night’s sleep.
  • You have to take plenty of fluids the day before to make sure that you are fully hydrated.
  • Keep in mind to stop any food intake a couple of hours before the operation.
  • Inform your dentist about health history. Make sure that your dentist is aware of the health conditions like diabetes or heart disease before you actually take the pill.
  • Take time off work according to the operation you are going to have. For smaller procedures like cavity filling, you may not need a full week off. However, for procedures like oral surgery for wisdom tooth, you may need to have a couple of days to a week off.
  • For an oral surgery, you may need a companion who can drive you back home.

What to tell your dentist before oral sedation

 Apart from the preparation, there are a couple of important things that you must tell your dentist before taking the pill. Tell your doctor about:

  • The current over-the-counter medications that you are taking;
  • The current health conditions and the medications prescribed for them that are ongoing;
  • Certain allergies that may have an influence on oral sedation;
  • And, definitely tell your doctor if you are sensitive to sedation medication and have a history with oral sedation and the effects it had.

 How to administer the medication

 After everything checks out and you are more than certain that you can take the oral sedative, you can take the sedative by yourself. You can either place it under your tongue and let it dissolve or swallow it. Your dental specialist will also guide you about taking oral sedative at home so you can always have a definite confirmation about how and when to take the pill.

Final thoughts: Oral sedation is one of the modern forms of sedation that effectively puts patients into a ‘relax’ mode during a dental procedure. It is convenient, painless and does not cause any harm to the patients’ health. If you are going for a smile makeover, general dentistry or any kind of dental procedure that you feel uncomfortable about, you can rely on oral sedation after talking to your dentist’s about your health history.