- May. 15, 2024

Before & After Oral Sedation

Patient Instructions for Moderate Sedation Using an Oral Sedative + Nitrous oxide (Laughing Gas)

Oral sedation in dentistry is a technique used to help children relax and manage anxiety during dental procedures. It involves administering medications in the form of a liquid or pill that the child can swallow. Laughing gas is also given to help further relax children. Your child will not be asleep throughout the procedure.

The most commonly used medications in oral sedation are midazolam and atarax.

Before your appointment

  1. Contact us prior to the appointment if there has been a change in your general health (such as a severe cold, fever, etc.).
  2. Nothing to eat for 8 hours before the procedure. Your child can have a small sips of clear fluid such as water or 7up up to 2 hours before the procedure.
  3. Make a trip to the washroom just prior to being seated.



Following your appointment

  1. Your child must be monitored for the rest of the day. They cannot go to school or sports for the rest of the day. The main side effect of the medication can include drowsiness and unsteadiness on their feet. Extreme care must be taken to ensure that they do not fall.
  2. Do not travel by public transit.
  3. If your child had local anesthesia (dental numbing), their lip can be numb for up to 3 hours after the procedure so please watch that they do not chew or suck on their lips/cheeks.
  4. If there are any questions, do not hesitate to call our office.


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