Is Sedation Dentistry Dangerous?

August 11, 2022 4:50 pm Published by
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If you struggle with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry is a very effective solution. We may also use sedation for longer, more complex treatments even if you don’t get nervous at the dentist. Worried about sedation dentistry’s safety? Here’s what to know:

Sedation Dentistry Is Safe (for Most People)

For the vast majority of patients, sedation dentistry is perfectly safe when given at an appropriate dose for your health and age. There are always some risks, so a qualified dentist should examine your medical history, including any medications you’re taking, and answer any questions you have. While you’re sedated, the dentist should monitor your vital signs and be prepared to respond to any unexpected issues.

For Certain People, Sedation Dentistry Is Riskier

Not everyone may want to get dental sedation. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, deeper sedation may not be a good choice. People can also have allergic reactions. Generally, older patients, pregnant people, young children, people with certain disabilities, and people with certain health conditions (heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems) are at a higher risk for complications. We’ll look at each patient’s case and determine if sedation is a good idea.

There Are Different Types of Sedation

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is one of the safest sedatives with few risks or side effects. You put a mask over your mouth and nose and inhale the gas, which relaxes you without putting you to sleep. When we remove the mask, the effects wear off very quickly. Oral conscious sedation provides deeper sedation, but you remain conscious. You take a pill a set time before your appointment, so when you get in the chair, you’re already feeling dreamy and relaxed. You should ask someone to drive you home from your appointment.

Sedation Dentistry at Dental Solutions of Avon/Indy in Indianapolis, IN

Our experienced dentists prioritize safety, so we’ll always look at your medical history closely and suggest the safest sedation option. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. Contact us today to set up an appointment!

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