Advantages and Disadvantages of Oral Sedation
What is oral sedation?
Did your dentist recommend oral sedation for your upcoming dental procedure? If so, you’re probably wondering what oral sedation entails. Oral sedation, also referred to as conscious sedation, is a common form of medication to help patients feel calmer during dental procedures. Oral sedation may be recommended for individuals undergoing lengthy procedures who may experience dental anxiety, gag reflexes, trouble controlling physical movements, or other special needs. It is administered in a pill form by your dental professional prior to your procedure. Some of the common medications used include triazolam (Halcion®), zaleplon, and lorazepam. In some instances, such as for children, liquid sedation may be used such as midazolam oral syrup. These medications act to temporarily slow down brain activity, making you feel more relaxed. This form of sedation is moderate, and you are still awake, although it can give you temporary forgetfulness.