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Oral Sedation

If your child feels nervous about going to the dentist or needs a substantial amount of dental work done, mild to moderate dental sedation can ensure a more comfortable treatment experience. Sedation dentist Dr. Heba Rashed administers sedatives in many forms, including oral sedation. Sedation dentistry can grant serenity to even the most stressed young patients (and their parents and caretakers too).

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What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation is a medication prescribed to help patients feel more relaxed, calm, and at ease before or during dental procedures. Just like the patients they are prescribed to, oral sedation is not one-size-fits-all, and the dose and type of drug will reflect individualized needs.

Sometimes, oral sedation medications are prescribed to treat anxiety or insomnia the night before treatment. Other times, they are medications taken an hour or so before the treatment to ease dental fear or dental anxiety and relax the muscles during treatment.

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How is it administered?

Oral sedation is administered (well) orally and is typically swallowed and digested before your child sees their pediatric dentist. Usually, this is through a prescribed medicated liquid nicknamed “sleepy juice.” If your child or teen is more comfortable swallowing pills, then Dr. Rashed can prescribe a capsule.

Regardless of how the drug is administered, we suggest following Dr. Rashed’s specific instructions. Following the prescribed instructions as intended maximizes the safety and efficacy of oral sedatives.

How will my child feel after taking oral sedation?

Every child responds differently to oral sedation. Still, Dr. Rashed will consider your child’s medical history, weight, and age when prescribing oral sedatives.

Generally, patients under oral sedation should feel less nervous and a little sluggish but should be able to respond to simple commands like “open your mouth.”

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Who could benefit from oral sedation?

You don’t have to be diagnosed with dental phobia or undergo extensive treatment to benefit from oral sedation. Additionally, young patients with special health care needs can significantly benefit from mild to moderate oral sedation.

For instance, individuals who need special needs dentistry could benefit from oral sedation. Oral sedation is ideal for patients with disabilities—especially those who struggle to sit still or follow directions. With proper dosage, oral sedation permits our special needs dentist to work safely, efficiently, and thoroughly.

Is oral sedation safe?

If your child has never undergone sedation dentistry, it’s natural to wonder whether this treatment is safe or not. The simple answer to this question is, “yes!”

Although oral sedation is more potent than nitrous oxide, it’s still a perfectly safe sleep dentistry method for most patients when administered by a sedation dentist like Dr. Rashed.

Oral Sedation in Lorton, VA

At Petite Smiles, we deeply understand that comfortable, pain-free dentistry is essential for children of all ages and their parents. So, Dr. Rashed offers safe, conscious sedation dentistry options, like oral sedation, to help our young patients feel tranquility during simple and complex children’s pediatric dentistry visits. Ask about our dental sedation options by calling (703) 688-2155 or messaging us online.

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