Q&A: Oral Sedation Introduction

questionanswerpuzzleAs you make your journey toward learning about dental sedation, you will find that you come up with questions regarding differences (and similarities) between your options. The good news is that as far as similarities go, any form of sedation you choose will ensure you feel relaxed throughout your visits with us. As for becoming more familiar with specific types, we will be happy to offer more information. Begin learning about oral sedation with our question-and-answer session.

Questions and Answers: Dental Sedation

Question: What exactly is oral sedation? I’ve heard that it comes in pill form.

Answer: That’s right. We refer to this dental sedation as “oral” because you will place a pill in your mouth and swallow it to achieve the desired effect (deep relaxation). We will provide you with one of a variety of anti-anxiety, tranquilizing medications to help you feel at ease.

Question: When will I take the pill? Do you suggest I wait until I arrive? Does it take a long time to set in?

Answer: This depends on whether you have a ride to the dentist, your level of anxiety, and the reason for your visit. We will decide on a case-by-case basis whether you should take the pill at home before your appointment or whether you should wait until you arrive. It generally takes a half hour to an hour for the dental sedation to take full effect.

Question: Is this a good choice for someone who wants additional numbing and relaxation but who dislikes needles?

Answer: Yes, if you want something stronger than nitrous oxide (which is inhaled and friendly for needle-phobic individuals), oral sedation is a wonderful choice.


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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