Sedation - Oral Sedation (Enteral Sedation)
This method of sedation is best suited for patients requiring minimal levels of sedation. Oral sedation is administered by having the patient swallow a small tablet 40-60 minutes before the dental procedure. The tablet is provided at the dental office and while waiting for the effect of the medication the patient is closely monitored with a Criticare Pulse Oximetry Monitor which records blood pressure, pulse rate and oxygen levels.
It is important that the patient is supervised in the dental office for optimum safety. This method of sedation also requires the patient to be escorted to and from the dental appointment.
- Advantages to Dental Oral Sedation:
- Easy to administer: Swallow a small pill
- It is safe and easy to monitor
- Works well for most people
- Works well for light levels of sedation to alleviate low levels of anxiety
- Low Cost
- Disadvantages to Dental Oral Sedation:
- The level of sedation is not easily changed
- Someone must drive you to and from your dental appointment
- There is no analgesic (pain relief effect)
- Takes 40-60 minutes to get effect from medication and must be supervised at office
- What medications are used for Dental Oral Sedation?
- The most common medication is Halcion (triazolam); Halcion provides anxiolysis (relaxation), light sedation and amnesia effect.
- For children the most common medication is Versed (Medazolam) which is a liquid.
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