Despite nationally recommended discharge criteria, in busy outpatient settings, children may be sent home into the care of their parents after a brief recovery from sedation, placing them at risk for adverse events in an unmonitored setting.Previous studies have not addressed issues such as requirement for escalation of care after discharge (ie, emergency department visits or hospitalization), or parental satisfaction with their child's sedation experience.Ineffectiveness - In some people (usually smokers or taking other drugs) oral sedatives may not work as desired, failing to provide the expected anti-anxiety effects.Other Side Effects - Other side effects may include light-headedness, headache, dizziness, visual disturbances, hangover/jet lag feeling, amnesia, nausea or allergic reactions.These side effects are usually minor, and only rarely they present an actual risk for the sedated patient's health.The side effects that may be experienced by patients who receive oral sedation include: Retrograde amnesia - Due to the amnesic effects of many of the oral sedatives, many patients may recall little to nothing about the dental treatment.Back to Prescription Medications Medications to decrease side effects of disease or other medications.
Despite their many beneficial effects, barbiturates and benzodiazepines have the potential for abuse and should be used only as prescribed.
Rarely, these side effects are serious in order to require medical attention.
Over-sedation can increase time on ventilatory support, prolong ICU stay, and may precipitate unnecessary neurological investigations., Sedation should be tailored to the individual needs of the patient.
This can cause a dry mouth feeling to the patient until the drug’s effect wears off, but it can help the dentist to perform treatment more easily in a dryer environment.
Hiccups - A small percentage of patients will experience hiccups that will usually last only for a few minutes after using oral sedation drugs.