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Instructions Following Sedation Dentistry
- 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.