ORAL AND INTRAMUSCULAR SEDATION:
This modality will produce a dreamy state creating an attitude of indifference to the dental procedure in most people. There may or may not be a period of post operative amnesia with this technique.Either orally or by intramuscular injection, the medication is administered by the Registered Nurse or the Dentist. This is done fifteen to forty five minutes prior to the dental procedure being performed.
In order for this technique to be employed there are certain prerequisites that must be followed:
- You must miss the previous meal and not eat or drink or take any medication unless instructed by the R.N. or the Dentist.
- You must not wear contact lenses to the appointment.
- You must be prepared to be escorted home by a responsible adult family member or friend who can also be given any required post operative instructions either verbally or written.
PRECAUTIONS: There are potential side effects which must be mentioned.
- Amnesia almost always occurs post operatively, for varying lengths of time during that day. This is a beneficial result. For this reason you are strongly advised not to drive, operate machinery or make any legal decisions for twenty four hours.
- Over-sedation and prolonged recovery occur in some sensitive individuals. More particularly, this may occur in those who have been taking prescribed or recreational drugs but withhold this information during the preoperative assessment. (This includes alcohol, sleeping pills, antihistamines or pain relievers).