Before you undergo sedation dentistry, you must make sure there is someone to drive you home from the procedure. After your procedure, your driver may escort you home as it takes a while for the effects of the medication to wear off. A friend or family member should also be around for the next several hours in case you need assistance with anything, including walking. It is very important that you drink plenty of water or juice. When the numbness has worn off, begin with soft and easily-digestible foods. Make sure to carefully review all your post-operative instructions for any directions unique to your situation. Activities You Should Refrain From The medicines Dr. Wilcox uses in sedation dentistry are designed to make you comfortable and unaware of your surroundings. Because of this, you will not be able to do the following activities until the day after your sedation dentistry procedure: •Drive a car •Operate machinery •Climb a ladder •Ride a bicycle •Make important business decisions •Make important personal decisions •Any other activity that requires fully conscious awareness or judgment The entire day of your sedation dental procedure will be spent in and out of sleep as you allow the sedation medications to wear off. You can resume your normal activities the following day. If you fear the dentist and are in need of dental work, please contact the Scottsdale sedation dentists at Desert Smiles to learn about your options. We serve patients in the Scottsdale and Peoria, Arizona areas.