A responsible adult must accompany the patient home. Sensory imbalance should be expected following the dental office sedation, and the patient must be supported while ambulatory.
Following dental office dismissal, mild sleepiness may persist for several hours, and the patient should be encouraged to rest.
The patient should be cautioned against sitting up or standing suddenly after a rest period at home, as this may lead to transient dizzy spells.
The patient is not to engage in any activity that requires sensory or motor coordination for 24 hours following the dental appointment. Driving a car, operating power tools, or making important decisions are not to be done during this period.
The patient should not indulge in any alcoholic beverages for 24 hours following the dental appointment.
If needle puncture site remains painful, apply moist heat to the site.
Nausea may develop if patient is ambulatory too soon or frequently. Encourage patient to rest quietly in bed.
Take postoperative medications as instructed.
Any unusual event such as pain or swelling at needle puncture site, any rash, prolonged sleeping, fainting episodes, or marked vomiting should be reported.