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Oral sedation would be recommended to patients who are nervous about treatment, who may experience anxiety, by having complex surgery or a long extended appointment. Thus the oral sedation will help to make you feel relaxed, calm and sleepy for your treatment.
The medication we use is called Lorazepam. The dosage is tailored to the patient’s needs by the treating dentist. The Dentist will crush the required number of tablets into a powder that will be administered orally and placed under the tongue to dissolve. The time it takes to feel the effects is different for each patient; generally within the hour. We expect the effects of the oral sedation to last in your system for 24 hours. You are not permitted to drive for 24 hours following the administration of oral sedation medication.
You must be dropped off and collected by a friend or family member.
You will be required to arrive an hour prior to your appointment. When you arrive, we will process the payment for your treatment and have you sign consent forms before the Dentist administers your oral sedation. This is required due to the side effects you will feel while on the medication. You will then be taken to our recovery room where you can relax in privacy and comfort. Once the Dentist has administered the oral sedation, our friendly front office team will check in on you every 15 minutes until you are taken through for your appointment.
When your appointment is completed, we will call your contact person to collect you. You are not permitted to walk home or take a taxi/public transport. As the effects of the medication will still be in your system, it is recommended you have a trusted adult to supervise for 2 – 3 hours following.