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What Are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?

Many patients experience anxiety when visiting the dentist and receiving treatment, whether it’s a routine exam or something more complex. Fortunately, sedation dentistry options can make this experience far more comfortable for individuals with dental anxiety. Our skilled dentists offer a range of sedation methods, and the one for you will depend on your needs and goals. Each one has benefits and drawbacks, so please don’t hesitate to ask for guidance in selecting the ideal one for you.

Nitrous (laughing) gas
Nitrous gas can make you feel a bit giggly, as the name implies, and the effect is soothing. Once you have breathed normally for a few moments, the effects should fade with no long-term sensation.

Oral conscious sedation
Oral conscious sedation involves taking medication orally before and again soon after arriving to the dentist. You may even forget your experience at the dentist’s office, which many patients appreciate. You will need someone to drive you to the office and home again, as you will feel drowsy. Some other temporary side effects include dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, and headaches, though many patients do not report having these symptoms.

Intravenous (twilight) dentistry
For individuals with more severe anxiety, IV sedation may be recommended. This involves inserting an intravenous line and delivering medication through it. As a result, you will have some minor bruising, swelling, and bleeding at the injection site. As with oral medication, you will need to be driven to and from the office. You will be sleepy or asleep during the procedure, and there will be a short period after your treatment where you will be allowed to recover.

Sleep dentistry
For the most severe anxiety, or for patients who have difficulty following instructions, “sleep” dentistry is also available. In this method, general anesthesia is used to put you completely under in a hospital setting. You will need to be driven to and from the facility, and you will not remember the procedure. The anesthesia will be delivered intravenously, and after a short period of recovery, you should be able to return home the same day.

All forms of sedation dentistry require a consult before use, and we will discuss your concerns, evaluate your health and medical history, and review your treatment. If you would like to learn more about our sedation options, please contact us today.

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