Oral sedation is very acceptable to patients, as most are accustomed to taking pills. Oral sedation has a low incidence of side effects. The most commonly used drugs often produce an adequate level of sedation and relaxation. Oral agents are usually effective only for the mildly to moderately anxious, yet reasonable, patient.
The drugs are administered about one hour prior to the planned procedure. It is essential that the patient have someone present who will drive them home.