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M. K. Čiurlionio g. 19 Vilnius +370 644 77447
Amicus Dentis | Oral sedation

Oral sedation

Sedation – what is it?

Most commonly, oral (intraoral) sedation is performed on children. During a single oral sedation, 1-2 teeth, sometimes up to three, may be treated, since effective work duration is 30-40 minutes. If there are more teeth to be treated, treatment may be carried out in several sedation or in a single general anaesthesia (narcosis).

Oral sedation means medication is taken orally. Medication is mixed with syrup and is drunk from a cup or a syringe. Sedation takes place in 10-20 minutes. During sedation, medicine are used to help patients tolerate the tooth treatment procedures. It is not general anaesthesia (narcosis). Patient is not asleep, but relaxed, drowsy, dizzy, is not afraid, or sleep is easily interrupted. Patient does not pay attention to his surroundings, does not remember parts or all of the procedure. During oral sedation, depending on the dose and individual characteristics of your child, a minimal to medium level, rarely deep sedation is achieved.

What should I know before oral sedation?

No eating is allowed 6 hrs before the procedure and drinking 2 hrs before. If the patient takes medication, you must inform the anaesthetist. Clothes should be comfortable. It the patient caught a cold, has a sore throat, cough, fever, stomach ache or has any other acute illness, please call the reception and inform us at 8 644 77447. We recommend not brushing teeth before the procedure so as not to swallow any water.

What should I know after sedation?

It is allowed to drink before the procedure. It is better to drink more often in small amounts and look for nausea. Eating is allowed after roughly two hours, after the effects of sedation go away. It is better to begin with soft, easily digested foods – porridge, yoghurt, bananas. Take medication the doctor has prescribed. If your child is in pain, take suspension of ibuprofen or paracetamol. If you encounter unusual problems, call clinic reception immediately at 8 644 77447. After work hours, go to the emergency room. Cycling, climbing, running is not allowed 24 hrs after sedation. Do not take your child to kindergarten that day, let them rest at home. Your child will not remember the procedure, only tell them positive things, do not tell them they cried, were in pain, etc.

Who can undergo sedation?

Children who are afraid to go to the dentist, do not tolerate treatment or are uncooperative during treatment.

Who cannot undergo sedation?

Those sensitive (allergic) to benzodiazepines or patients with certain central nervous system illnesses. Patients with an acute infection (cold), fever.

What are the drawbacks of sedation?

It cannot be increased or prolonged.

Sedation does not end with the treatment procedure. Patients have to stay in the clinic for a while (usually up to 1 hour). In approx. 20 % of cases in children oral sedation is ineffective – the child still cannot be treated. Also, in 20 % of cases a paradoxical (inverse) reaction may occur. It can be from slight to severe, when your child becomes irritable, angry, aggressive, cries. It lasts until the effect of medication wears off.

Is sedation safe?

It is safe if your child’s age and weight are observed, but there is always some risk. If sedation is performed by an experienced doctor in a licensed clinic, risk associated with sedation is minimal, and any problems may be solved in a professional manner.

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