Oral sedatives are taken by mouth in the form of tablets, capsules or liquids. These drugs can either be used to relax you before your trip to the dentist (Pre-medication) or act as a sedative to help you when you are having treatment. Your dentist will need to know about your general health and any medication you are taking.
•Tablets, capsules or liquids.
•Simple to take.
•Acts in about 20 minutes.
•Depth of sedation less predictable than intravenous.
•May require an intravenous line placed when sedated.
What to expect
•Drowsiness and sleepiness.
•Relaxation and sense of well-being.
•The oral sedation takes many hours to wear off.
What not to expect
Oral sedation will not put you to sleep and it will not give you oblivion.