Can you Drive After
Sedation Dentistry?

Do you put off going to the dentist because of anxiety? Our sedation dental care in Paso Robles, CA, may be an excellent solution for you. This type of dentistry uses medication to help you relax and feel comfortable during your appointment. You can ask us any questions you have about sedation dentistry. One thing you may be wondering about is if you can drive after sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry and How Does it Work?

With sedation dentistry, we use medication to help you relax. This type of dental care is also sometimes called sleep dentistry because it can make you feel drowsy.

The sedative we use will depend on your anxiety level and the type of procedure you’re having. We may use a pill, gas, or intravenous sedation. In most cases, we will use “laughing gas,” inhaled through the nose.

While under its influence, you might be conscious but have trouble recalling many details of the appointment. You can unwind and feel comfortable throughout your appointment. You can sound inebriated or slur your words. You’ll be somewhat alert and very calm, almost as if you were in a light slumber. As a result, you won’t recall anything about your appointment later. After sedation dentistry, you might not be able to drive, but you will be able to answer questions and follow instructions. Additionally, we will observe you throughout your session to ensure your safety and comfort.


Can You Drive After Sedation Dentistry?

Though the effects of most types of sedation dentistry are easily managed and wear off quickly, you should be careful during your recovery period. You will not be able to drive after sedation dentistry. The sedative effects can last for several hours. After your sedation dentistry appointment, you will need someone to drive you home. If you try to drive and get in an accident, you could be charged with driving under the influence. It is better to be safe than sorry and take all the precautions recommended by your dentist after your procedure. 

It would be best if you also took the following precautions after your appointment:

  • Refrain from consuming alcohol for 24 hours following your appointment.
  • Refrain from driving for at least 24 hours following your appointment.
  • Eat soft, light meals for the first 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Follow the directions on any prescription medication.
  • For at least 24 hours following your appointment, refrain from smoking.
  • Get some rest/relaxation at home.

If you have any questions or concerns, talk to Dr. Holbrook or a Paso Robles Dental Care team member.


Sedation Dental Care in Paso Robles, CA

You can have a healthy, beautiful smile without feeling anxious or stressed. At Paso Robles Dental Care, sedation dentistry will make your visit more comfortable so you can get the care you need without feeling overwhelmed.

After sedation dentistry, it would be best if you didn’t drive or operate heavy machinery within 24 hours of your procedure. However, one of the benefits of sedation dentistry is that the effects wear off quickly, and you can get on with your life.

Sedation dentistry is just one of the high-quality dental services we offer. We are proud to be your full-service, “one-stop-shop” dental office in Paso Robles. We have all the dental services, treatments, and technologies you need for a healthy, beautiful smile, including:

  • General Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Preventative Dentistry
  • Family Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Emergency Dentistry


Sedation Dental Care Paso Robles, CA

Please schedule an appointment today with Dr. Von Joseph Holbrook, and let us help you feel at ease during your visit. We’ll start by getting to know you and understanding your dental goals and concerns. We’ll thoroughly evaluate your teeth and provide some excellent recommendations to get you on track to optimal oral health!