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Oral Sedation Pros and Cons


Posted on 11/22/2021 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
Oral Sedation Pros and ConsDue to its practicality, our patients usually love oral sedation. We use it in mild to moderate treatments, with the purpose of producing a state of relaxation and cooperation with the patient, so the management is easier and thus we obtain optimal pain control. If you want to know more about oral sedation, keep reading.

Advantages of Oral Sedation


Compared to the other types of anesthesia, this one is much cheaper. You do not need a specialized technique or a large team, and our dentists do not need advanced training to perform it. It is useful in patients with cardiovascular, kidney, and liver pathologies. With that in mind, we always recommend our patients to consult their personal physicians for a better perspective on their health status.

Disadvantages of Oral Sedation


There are a few downsides. The main one is the time it takes for the medicine to work, which is usually 30 to 60 minutes. In addition to this, in some patients, they can cause nausea and vomiting, although it is uncommon.

Indications of Oral Sedation


We typically use it in the management of mild to moderate procedures. We also use it in conjunction with other sedation methods, although in this case, one of our dentists with advanced studies in anesthesiology will perform it.

Contraindications of Oral Sedation


We avoid oral sedation when we need an immediate effect, in this case we prefer inhaled or intravenous anesthesia. In addition, in patients with a history of illicit substance abuse, we avoid the use of sedatives, since the high tolerance they present to certain medications reduces their effectiveness. We do not use oral sedation in case of previous episodes of allergy to the drug, as well as in pregnant or lactating patients.

That said, oral sedation is an incredible option to guarantee your comfort if you meet the conditions to receive it, which will make your dental treatments in our offices pleasant and calm. We invite you to schedule an appointment with us today.






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