Sedation is helpful for those who are very
apprehensive, nervous, or slightly uncooperative during dental treatment. It is used to calm, relax, and reduce
anxiety or discomfort associated with dental procedures. The medication is a
small pill taken with a glass of water.
We find it a valuable adjunct for many people needing dental
There are different levels of sedation. We use ‘Conscious Sedation’ which is a
light, or low level of sedation. Though conscious sedation causes drowsiness
and you may even fall asleep during treatment, you will not become unconscious.
All your normal defense mechanisms are awake and you are responsive. Mostly you feel relaxed and less
For the Patient:
Please notify us of any change in your
health or medications.
Patient must have no chance of
pregnancy and must not use any alcohol, new medications, or street drugs that
could interact with the sedation medicine.
The only food the morning of your
appointment should be toast and clear liquid.
Take the medicine as instructed. Absorption of oral medicines can
Arrive a few minutes early so that you
can use the restroom just prior to your appointment.
Be careful while medication is taking
effect and afterwards as your coordination and behavior may be altered. No driving or knife sharpening.
Plan on a few hours after your
appointment without anything to do.
Watch a movie!
For your Caregiver/Ride:
The patient must not drive for a few
hours after the appointment. Your
role is to transport the patient home and remain with them for a few
hours. Their judgment may be
impaired, so be especially careful around stairs, sharp objects, etc.
The patient may want to sleep which is
normal and okay.
Eating is okay when they are
comfortable to do so. We recommend
plenty of fluids and a light meal that requires little chewing. Celebrate with a smoothie! We want to avoid biting areas of the
mouth that may still be numb.
Thanks for your help in making this
necessary treatment go well for all.
Call our office at 503 641-5667 if any
questions arise. We appreciate a