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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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Understanding Some Of The Drawbacks Of Oral Sedation Dentistry

by Alfredo Moore

If you have dental fears and need to visit the dentist, then it may be in your best interest to speak with a professional about sedation dentistry services. If you are healthy and eligible for sedation, then you have the option of taking an oral medication before you arrive at the dental office. This is ideal for most people for a variety of reasons. However, there are a few drawbacks you should be aware of, so you can make the appropriate decision. 

You Will Need A Driver

It goes without saying that you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure. If you decide to go with oral sedation with the use of a medication like Valium, then you will also need someone to take you to the dentist. This is true since you must take your oral medication about one hour before your procedure. This way it starts to work beforehand. 

Keep in mind that individuals have different rates of absorption depending on their specific physiology. So, the medicine can start working in as little as thirty minutes or it can take over an hour. Since most people are unfamiliar with the way that sedatives work with their bodies, it is unsafe to try to time the administration and drive to the dental office. You will always need a driver, and you must arrange this ahead of time.

Many oral health professionals will even ask about, and verify with, the individual providing the driving services on the day of your procedure before the sedative is given to you. 

Sedation May Not Be Strong Enough

Oral professionals will take your sex, age, and weight into consideration when prescribing the oral sedative. This is how the professional determines the specific strength of the medicine so you are properly sedated but not completely knocked out during the procedure. However, you may be more tolerant or sensitive to the sedative than is typical. 

If the sedative is not working to the desired level, then more may need to be provided. Since it takes thirty to sixty minutes for the sedative to work, you will need to wait longer before you see the dentist. This can be frustrating, but it is unavoidable if an adjustment is required with the oral sedative. 

If you are typically tolerant or sensitive to medication, then make sure to speak with your dentist about this beforehand. If the professional is unsure about dosage levels, he may suggest the use of an inhaled sedative instead that can be adjusted easily.