What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation in New Westminster is used to relax you when you visit our dentists for treatment. One of the types of sedation used by most dentists is oral sedation. This is suitable for patients who don’t feel comfortable when they are undergoing dental treatment. It involves the taking of an anti-anxiety pill around 60 minutes before the start of a dental appointment. If you and your dentist have decided you require a lot of dental treatment, this may be a good option for you. 

Another name often given to oral sedation is “conscious sedation,” because the intention of the sedation is not to knock you out completely but to relax you while your dental treatment is taking place. You are still aware, so you can respond to any questions the dentist may ask you. Benzodiazepines are medications that are used for oral sedation and are often prescribed by doctors to patients who suffer from panic and anxiety attacks.  

 Oral Sedation Dentistry New WestminsterThe process for using oral sedation in New Westminster products means taking some precautions before and after your dental visit.

  • Before your dental appointment, it is recommended that you don’t eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours, as this could lower the effects of the medication and cause nausea. 
  • As soon as the dental treatment has been completed, you won’t be able to drive yourself home because benzodiazepines, one of the sedatives that might be used,  may inhibit your coordination and judgment in a similar way to alcohol. 
  • You shouldn’t drive or operate heavy machinery for at least twenty four hours after taking oral sedation.
  • Benzodiazepines sometimes interact negatively with other medications so let your dentist know in advance what prescriptions you take and/or dietary supplements
  • Women who are pregnant should not be recipients of oral sedation. 
  • Patients with liver disease or heart and lung problems should consult the dentist before taking oral sedation.


1. What can be expected during oral sedation?

Your limbs could feel relaxed and heavy, and they could even tingle slightly. However, it’s not uncommon for patients to experience oral sedation differently depending on their weight and size. 

2. Is pain felt with oral sedation?

Most patients don’t feel any pain during treatment. That’s the reason they choose oral sedation.

3. Will I remember anything following oral sedation?

The patient often feels they have slept throughout their dental procedure, so memories of the procedure are often vague.

4. How quickly does oral sedation take to work?

The medicine normally starts to work within twenty minutes.

5. Is oral sedation safe?

Any mild-to-moderate sedation will help you stay comfortable and relaxed before and throughout your dental treatment. The medication can help you tackle your fear of dentists because oral sedation is a safe and effective solution for dental anxiety.

You can expect the dentists who specialize in oral sedation in New Westminster to make the best choices for your dental treatment, which will help to maintain your smile.

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