Can You Drive After Oral Sedation

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One of the most common questions that we get asked about oral sedation is “Can you drive after oral sedation?”

The answer is “No, you can’t drive after oral sedation.” If you decide to have oral sedation, you’ll need to have someone drive you home after your dental appointment.

Oral sedation, which is also sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” or “conscious sedation” is administered through a pill. Depending on the dosage, the sedation can range from mild to moderate. Oral sedation will make you feel drowsy, and time will seem to pass quickly during your dental procedure.

Oral sedation is a great choice for:
• wisdom teeth extractions
• dental implant procedures
• crown and bridge procedures
• dental emergencies
• having a number of dental treatments completed in a single appointment
• patients who suffer from dental anxiety
• patients with disabilities that make it difficult to undergo dental treatment

Laughing gas is a milder form of sedation – in most cases, you can drive yourself home after receiving laughing gas.

IV sedation, also known as “general anesthesia,” is a deeper form of sedation, and for IV sedation, you’ll also need to get a ride home after your dental appointment.

We’re one of the few dental offices in the Denver metro area to offer all three types of sedation for dentistry.

If you’re wondering which type of sedation might be right for you, we can talk about the different options in a free sedation consultation. We’ll go over the advantages of each type of sedation, as well as what will be involved with your dental treatment, and help you decide what would be best for you.

For more information about oral sedation, or to schedule a free consultation, please call (303) 323-8149, or e-mail

Please note: Our dental office is near C-470 and Quebec, just west of Park Meadows Mall. If you live or work in Highlands Ranch, Englewood, Centennial, Littleton, or Lone Tree, we’re near you.