Oral sedation or known as anesthesia is a medical procedure where the drugs are
administered to relieve the patient's fear and anxiety. Oral sedation is one of the methods of
dental sedations along with inhalation sedation and conscious intravenous sedation. Drugs
used for sedations and dosage are prescribed by dentist carefully considering the patient's
safety. Dentist may recommend sedation for long,complex procedures and for patients who
are especially young and nervous. Sedation process is very safe process and it would be
recommended to parents to help reduce the risks and stress level of children during the time
of sedation and after the treatment.
Usually oral sedation is taken by mouth and in some cases are through noses. Oral sedation
gives to the patient as soon as he or she arrives at the appointment and by average the
medicine take around 20 minutes to work. Oral sedation does not makes the patients sleep
but it makes them calm and relaxed.
Another method of sedation is nitrous oxide or laughing gas sedation where a mask delivers
a mixture of nitrous oxide or laughing gas and make the patients to relaxes and experiences
euphoric feelings after a duration of 5 minutes. At the end of the treatment pure oxygen is
given to clear out any remaining nitrous oxides.
There are few advantages of oral sedation than other method of sedations. Here are the few
- Oral sedation is to administrate
- It is effective
- There is no need of needles involved
- It is low cost compare to other sedation methods
- It has amnesic effect
Usually after the procedure patients are given the softs food to check whether patient
experiencing any trauma or other conditions like vomiting, severe pain, severe bleeding or
fever if he or she had experienced it is recommended to consult the dentist immediately.
Dental sedation is a simple and safe process with the apt preparation and proper care after
its done. By communication with the dentist in regular interval you will provide the best
possible experience for your dental care.