Post-Operative Care: Sedation

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Written by Dr. Zach Brumbach

Dr. Brumbach, an Idaho native, graduated in 2002 with honors from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Neb.

September 9, 2021

Sedation is a safe and effective way to help relieve anxiety and pain experienced during a dental appointment. If you received sedation during a procedure, then this simple post-operative care guide will help you safely and effectively navigate what to do and expect afterwards. Additional information is also available at Comfort Dentistry and Sedation.

You Must Not:

  • Drive
  • Operate hazardous Machinery
  • Make important decisions or work for approximately 24 hours after your anesthetic; you should have someone care for you at home.

In summary, sedation will temporarily affect normal brain functioning. For the safety of yourself and others, operating at full capacity immediately after receiving sedation is not recommended. 

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Symptoms You May Experience

  • You will be tired and somewhat sleepy for the rest of the day. It is best to relax and not do anything strenuous for the rest of the day.
  • You may feel nauseated or vomit anytime for the rest of the day.
  • You may have pain and/or bruising at your IV site which should subside in a few days.

Sedation is a powerful method to relieve temporary symptoms experienced during your dental visit. Unfortunately, the effects of sedation may include a variety of symptoms that are temporary. Promptly contact our office if you experience unusual or persistent symptoms after your sedation procedure. 

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Suggested Food and Drink

  • You may start drinking cool, clear fluids (e.g., water, apple juice) when you get home.
    • You may lose some liquid from your mouth if your lip or tongue is numb.
  • If your stomach tolerates this, you may eat soft foods (e.g. yogurt, toast). If you have no problems with soft foods, you may eat what you want.

Sedation affects individuals differently with regards to food and drink consumption; however, generally speaking, water and soft foods are usually tolerable and many times, appeasing. If your reaction is severe after consuming water or a soft food, feel free to contact our office to report your symptoms.

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Contact our office if unusual symptoms persist. As always, if you have any questions about your procedure either before or after, please feel free to contact us.

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