Daily Plans: After Sedation

relaxedwomancircleYou decide to receive dental sedation – a wonderful decision if you are interested in a truly relaxing time at our dental practice (especially if you deal with dental anxiety). While you’re excited about the idea of feeling completely at ease during your appointment, a new concern may pop into your mind: What happens after the visit? Rest assured, this is a very good question and one of the most frequently asked. Allow us to explain a bit more, so you know what to expect from the rest of your day.

If You Choose Nitrous Oxide

If you choose laughing gas as your dental sedation of choice, it will have few if any ramifications on the rest of your day. This is because, unlike other sedative options, nitrous oxide wears off with extreme speed. Once your treatment is complete and we stop the administration of laughing gas, it starts to leave your system. By the time we give you the go ahead to leave our practice, you may drive yourself home or return to any other plans.

If You Choose Something Other Than Nitrous Oxide

Perhaps you have chosen oral sedation, oral sedation and nitrous oxide, or IV sedation. Regardless of which of these you select, you will need to remain clear about a couple important things. First, you are not going to be able to drive yourself home afterwards because the medicine takes time to leave your system. As a result, you will need a ride home. Second, it is essential that you cancel the rest of your day. You will need to go home and rest, rather than return to work or other scheduled activities.


Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly welcome patients and families from in and around Katy, TX, including Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can reach our sedation dentistry office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.

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