How Does Oral Sedation Work?

As you might suspect, oral sedation means taking a pill that will relax you, typically a benzodiazepine such as Xanax or Valium. These pills work by depressing the central nervous system, relieving anxiety and inducing a sleepy, calm state.

Oral sedation can be an excellent solution for those who suffer from dental phobias, a strong gag reflex, or difficulty becoming numb from local anesthesia. It is considered conscious sedation, because you will retain the ability to respond to instructions from the dentist, but it is not unusual to doze off in the chair.

You will take the pill an hour before your appointment, and will need someone to drive you to and from our office. You should not drive or perform any tasks that require concentration for the next 24 hours, as you will feel groggy and a bit out of it, and perhaps somewhat nauseous.

Never mix oral sedation medication with any other depressant, including alcohol. Inform your dentist of all medications you take, including herbal and over the counter remedies, and be honest about any alcohol or recreational drug use. Your dentist will let you know if oral sedation is an appropriate choice for you.

Conveniently located in Woodbury, MN, Creekview Dental provides a progressive yet conservative approach to dental care. Our innovative, highly personalized procedures are focused on maintaining tooth structure and providing you with the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Call us today at 651-738-8204 to take the first steps on the road to better dental health.