Living Car Free - Conscience sedation and bike home from dentist
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05-28-08, 01:23 PM
I got to have a bunch of oral stuff done and I really freak out at the dentist office, I am one of those who fear dentist. So he offered me the option of conscience sedation since it is going to be an all day affair. I can cab it to the dentist office and back but could probably get home faster on my bike than a cab could get there. But I have no idea how strong this pill effects are. Would I truly be unable to ride a bike afterwards I have taken laughing gas before and had no problems riding home. Has anyone attempted this before?
05-28-08, 01:42 PM
I've never tried it before but I'd follow the car recommendations on the drugs. If they say not to drive a car or operate heavy machinery after use, I wouldn't bike either.
05-28-08, 01:49 PM
I don't know what "conscious sedation" means in terms of specific drugs, their effects and duration. Chances are your dentist isn't going to tell you a bike is fine out of liability concerns if not actual fear of biking.
I've biked on valium to and from the dentist. I also hate/fear dental work. It was fine. The ride is totally easy and peaceful, though -- longer walking distance. I'd not have ridden if I'd needed to mix it up with high-speed traffic.
Digression, maybe too much information: I had a doctor's appointment to discuss vasectomy a while back. Before the appointment, I was pretty sure I wanted to do it. It's done under local anesthetic only. But the doctor, who had the gentle, reassuring manner of a football coach, plumber, or butcher when describing the procedure, freaked me out. The clincher was when he told me that under no circumstances should I even consider using a bicycle weeks afterward, let alone ride home the day of the work: he would refuse to perform the procedure if I didn't have a car ride lined up, even though the place is a 10 minute walk away. Hell, not even a saddlesore gone septic kept me off the bike: I just stood up. Anyway, I'm still riding every day, and shooting live ammo. The choices we make....
05-28-08, 01:49 PM
I would only ride a bike home from a dental appointment if it only involves teeth cleaning without drugs, a dental exam, or x-rays. Otherwise, unless there is no other alternative (like during a transit strike), I would opt for a ride home by a cab or friends. I don't go into a public places when I am not fully functioning or otherwise in a drugged state if I possibly can help it.
05-28-08, 01:59 PM
I work in healthcare. I would not ride my bike home after conscious sedation. I would not allow one of our patients to ride a bike home under conscious sedation. I would insist on a companion to drive the patient home or would call a cab. If the patient does not have a ride, the procedure is cancelled.
I would be way too concerned that balance and judgment could be adversely effected after conscious sedation. If the patient crashes or is run over on the way home, the healthcare provider is screwed from a liability standpoint.
I had conscious sedation for a colonoscopy. If that was conscious, then unconscious must be... you're dead. The drugs were powerful.
05-28-08, 02:59 PM
No way! Conscious sedation first caused me to hallucinate (unless there were really tv crews and cops in the dentist's office while I was getting my wisdom teeth pulled, and unless they really used action figures and heavy duty hardware to pull those teeth); then turned me into a piece of furniture for the rest of the day. I got heavy-duty narcotics!
05-29-08, 01:22 PM
thanks looks like I won't be biking then.
05-29-08, 05:15 PM
Don't do it! Take a cab or better yet, get someone to drive you. Someone that can help you get into the house after you're done!
06-05-08, 02:31 PM
Not worth getting hit by a car or getting a BUI on the way home!
Oh, if only I could sedate my conscience for a little while :innocent:
Sounds like he's selling you a Xanax. Ride a cab.
06-05-08, 07:14 PM
No way would I do it. Last time I went in there the idiots cut off my O2 supply with a poorly applied dental dam. The assistant left and I was inverted in the chair with no way to cough or swallow to clear my airway. I nearly choked to death. If I'd been partially sedated I might have just drifted off.
Do it, ride. Show how devoted you are to being car free, no matter what the circumstances are.
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