The sedation medication is usually in the form of a pill. You will simply swallow it with some water, and within an hour, the effects of the sedative will start to settle in. By the time you reach our dental office, you’ll already be very relaxed. As the name oral conscious sedation implies, you will likely remain awake throughout treatment, but you'll be completely relaxed and pain-free. If you do drift off to sleep, it should be easy for us to awaken you with a gentle shake.
This long-lasting form of sedation will remain in effect for several hours after treatment, so you’ll need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. Don’t plan to resume normal activities until at least 24 hours following your dose of sedative. Your initial recovery period will be a great opportunity to relax at home and watch movies or get some extra shuteye.