Oral Sedation

Required Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Oral
Sedation Instructions

Oral Sedation is the safest, most effective mechanism available to complete your advanced dental
treatment. Flat River Family Dentistry routinely completes a thorough medical history, consent
form and sedation record in the office. Furthermore, we also have certain guidelines that must be
followed before and after your scheduled dental appointment.

Pre-Operative Instructions:

  • You must have an empty stomach for at least 8 hours before your arrival in the office.
    Absolutely No Exceptions!!
  • You should maintain all normal prescribed medicines .
  • We must be notified of any changes to your medical history (medicine, acute or chronic illness including colds, etc ... )
  • You should wear short-sleeved shirts for your appointment.

Post-Operative Instructions:

  • You will leave this office under the influence of major sedative-hypnotic medications. It is
    imperative that you are closely monitored following your appointment. This includes monitoring your airway (breathing) and normal responses to verbal and touch stimulation.  It is normal for you to be very "sleepy" for 6 - 8 hours following treatment. Vomiting, nausea, dizziness and general disorientation are normal during this same period. You should not be left unattended at any time.
    Call our office with any concerns. If an emergency occurs while the office is not immediately
    available, call for Emergency Medical Services (911) .
  • You should avoid all unattended heights (including stairs). Absolutely no running or bicycling
    should be attempted for a full 24 hours. Normal behavior usually may be resumed the following day .
  • Following dismissal, you may immediately resume consuming clear liquids. Soft food
    consumption may be resumed when the local anesthetic wears off (numbness). It is best to start with small amount of food just incase you become nauseated with subsequent vomiting .
  • It is common for vomiting to occur in the vehicle on the trip home. It is a good idea to plan for this with an old towel being available. At home, plan for this by using old sheets and pillows while you are resting .
  • One on one attention is a must!!!
  • Pain should be managed with over the counter Advil or Tylenol, unless a prescription
    analgesic is written.

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