Oral Sedation – Precautions
Dental phobia is a serious problem that can discourage people from receiving dental treatment. The atmosphere of the practice with the dental chair setup, the sound of the dental instruments in the mouth and the pain caused from dental treatment are often noted as few reasons for the fear. Oral sedation is one of the common methods followed by dentists to counter the fear of patients. This method is recommended for procedures which are time consuming and for patients who express a higher level of anxiety towards particular dental treatment. Like other sedation methods, oral sedative has its set of instructions which should be followed by patient before and after the surgery.
The dentist may recommend an over-the-counter pill which should be taken the night before or about 1 hour before the treatment. A responsible adult caretaker should escort the patient to the dental office and drive the patient back home after the treatment. Light breakfast with cereals and fruits and non-alcoholic beverages can be consumed before the treatment. The dentist may mention specific diet for special cases.
The next 24 hours after the oral sedation are very crucial for the patient. He/she should not operate machinery or drive automobiles/motorcycles/bikes. The patient should stay away from alcoholic beverages. It is also recommended not to take important decisions or sign legal documents during this period. The patient may follow regular diet unless advised by the dentist. Climbing up/down stairs without the support of a caretaker and taking part in sport activities can be very dangerous to the patient. The dentist may advice patients to drink lot of water to avoid dehydration after the sedation process.