Besides ridding patients of anxiety, oral sedation dentistry allows your dentist to better focus on their work, knowing that you are comfortable. A whole variety of medication has been developed to serve this purpose.
The development of dentistry sedatives involves strict research and testing. Most of them in use today have a long safety record spanning over many decades of use. You should know that some medications even have amnesic properties. This means you’ll remember very few details about the treatment, after it is over.
Pharmacists measure the safety of sedatives on a scale called “the therapeutic index”. The higher its position on the scale, the safer the medication. Dentistry anxiolytics and oral sedatives are situated on the index’s top level, making adverse reactions highly unlikely.
After being subject to oral sedation, bear in mind that you are legally forbidden to drive or operate heavy machinery. Sedatives used in dentistry may impair judgment and reflexes, making it dangerous to operate vehicles during the following hours. After leaving the dentist’s office, take a cab or ask a friend to drive you home. Nitrous oxide is the only medication used in oral sedation dentistry that doesn’t impair motor skills.