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Sedation at the Dentist: I’ll Be Loopy for How Long??

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In a previous post, we talked about what to expect from sedation at the dentist, but what about after you leave the dentist? In this post we’ll look at what you should plan for after you get out of the dentist chair so you know what to expect. 

Immediately after Sedation at the Dentist

You’ll still be loopy after the procedure is complete, and the full force of the anesthesia will take half an hour to wear off. After that, you can expect to be a generally light headed for the next few hours.


Because you’ll be loopy, arrange for a spouse, family member, or friend to pick you up and drop you back at home. It’s best not to drive a vehicle or operate any heavy machinery for up to 24 hours after your procedure, just to be on the safe side.


We ask that you be very careful when cooking after your sedation dentistry appointment. We don’t want you to accidentally burn yourself, or your meal, because you were groggy or inattentive.

Friends and family

Make sure you have someone nearby for a few hours in case you need help with anything while you’re still groggy.

Avoid Tobacco, alcohol, other drugs

Don’t do it! Your body is going to be feeling a bit out of it already, so don’t add anything else to the mix. On top of that, your mouth will heal faster if you don’t smoke or drink alcohol until it’s fully healed. If you’re taking any prescription medication, we will go over what you should do well before the procedure

24 Hours After Sedation at the Dentist

After 24 hours you will be fully ready to do everything you could do before you were sedated. Chances are you will feel level headed and clear only a few hours after your procedure, but to be on the safe side, don’t plan anything strenuous for a full 24 hours after your appointment.

We recommend sitting on the couch with some easy-to-eat food, plenty of water, and a cozy blanket, a book, and a pile of movies or TV shows. The less stress you put on your body, the faster your body will heal.

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