Oral conscious sedation is a fairly simple affair. Your sedation dentist in Hurst will prescribe a potent anti-anxiety pill for you to take about an hour before your appointment is set to begin. By the time you’ve settled into the dental chair, powerful waves of euphoric relaxation will wash over you. You’ll be able to just sit back, open wide, and let our dentists work their magic. You’ll be awake enough to respond to our requests, but so relaxed that you may even briefly fall asleep! Don’t worry, our team will keep a close eye on your vitals throughout your procedure to ensure your safety.
Because the pill takes effect quickly and can last for several hours, you’ll need a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from our office. You should also plan to take the rest of the day off of work to rest.
One aspect of oral conscious sedation that patients love is its potential for amnesia; chances are you won’t remember much of your procedure at all! After we’re finished treating you, we’ll provide some aftercare instructions to the person who’s taking care of you. We’ll typically tell them to bring you home and make sure you spend the remainder of the day resting.
Avoid driving, drinking alcohol, or smoking for the next 24 hours. Since you may have been asked to fast before your procedure, you can begin drinking fluids as soon as you get home. Depending on how sore your mouth is, you can begin eating when you get hungry, but we might recommend adhering to a soft food diet for a few days to allow your mouth to heal. Take any prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications as instructed on the label. Be careful when moving around; don’t get up too quickly, or you could experience dizziness. Overall, it’s a good idea to take it easy for the rest of the day.