Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Have you been thinking about doing sedation dentistry for your next visit to the dentist’s office? If you have never used these methods before, you likely have a lot of questions. People often wonder whether sedation carries risks or could pose problems during or after the procedure. It is good to be aware of how this works and what will take place for your appointment. You can feel at ease and have peace of mind to know that this is a viable alternative or supplement to using a local anesthetic.

Why people choose sedation dentistry

For many trips to the dentist’s office, people will not need help with pain management. A routine checkup, for example, typically includes a cleaning and an examination. There are other procedures that can occur when a patient goes into the office that could be painful or uncomfortable. People who have serious fears or anxiety about pain should consider sedation. Also, patients may choose sedation methods if numbing has been difficult or ineffective in the past. It may also make sense for longer procedures that last more than a few hours.

What it does

For procedures such as fillings, root canals, crown placements, and other invasive work, the dentist will use a local anesthetic. This numbs the area and blocks pain that the patient would otherwise feel. Still, the fear or anticipation of pain could make the visit unbearable. With sedation dentistry, the dentist can help the patient feel more comfortable and relaxed. The body will feel a sense of euphoria during the procedure. Some patients may fall asleep and wake up remembering little about the process.

What the dentist uses

Many patients prefer nitrous gas, sometimes called laughing gas. The dentist will use a mask-like apparatus to give it to the patient. It has a fast effect and can last for hours. Another option is for the dentist to use oral medication. The patient would take this after lying in the dental chair. After a few minutes, it should start to produce a calming effect on the person.

The question about safety

Some patients may hesitate to use sedation dentistry. There could be concerns about whether it produces severe side effects. Occasionally, patients could develop a headache or dry mouth afterward. However, most people have a positive experience.

The dentist administering it will have the right training and knowledge of the process. The dentist will also be licensed and credentialed to do it. During the dental procedure, the dentist and staff members will closely monitor the patient. After the procedure, the patient should follow the dentist’s directions. The individual should not drive home and should rest for the remainder of the day.

Feel good about your next trip to the dentist’s office

It is no secret that a lot of people do not look forward to dental appointments. Sedation dentistry can ease many of these feelings. If you are worried about feeling pain or being anxious during your upcoming procedure, talk to your dentist. There could be some sedation options available to calm you.

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