Patients who are more anxious may need an oral medication that is stronger than nitrous oxide to effectively calm their anxiety and allow them to tolerate treatment. With oral sedation, your child may be sleepy but can be awakened if necessary and can respond to simple commands.
Prior to the adminstration of oral sedation, the child cannot have any food or liquid for up to 6 hours before the treatment to allow the medication to work effectively and to prevent side effects such as vomitting.
After the sedation your child will be groggy for a few hours and will require some rest that day until the effects of the medication have worn off.
This method is the most widely-used in order to make the visit more comfortable for the patient.