In order to achieve the level of sedation that is appropriate for you, your sedation dentist may offer a number of options. Oral sedation is achieved when a medication is dispensed in the form of a pill or a liquid. This treatment choice can be adjusted to induce a feeling of mild, moderate, or deep relaxation.
Intravenous sedation is achieved in the dental office when medications are introduced directly into the bloodstream. This method often has a quick onset and is certain to induce sleep.
Both of these treatment options are effective because they are absorbed systemically and they must be metabolized by the body. They deliver a safe and predictable sedative effect, which many patients find incredibly comforting. However, depending upon the type and the dosage of the medication, you should expect to feel groggy or drowsy once your treatment is complete.
These medications will remain in your system for a short period of time, and you may feel inclined to sleep or rest for a brief period following your appointment. In fact, should you choose oral or IV sedation, you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult driver to care for you after your visit.
For millions of patients, mild drowsiness or grogginess is a small price to pay for a comfortable and pleasant dental visit. For your safety, the dental staff will review the details of your planned procedure and ensure that you are prepared to rest comfortably when your appointment is over.
With the advantages of sedation dentistry, there is no longer a need to postpone the dental care that you need, and there is no need to suffer nervously through a dental procedure.
To learn more about the sedation options available to you, contact the Dallas office of Dr. Beth Tomlin to schedule an appointment.