How Safe is Sedation Dentistry?

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You worry about seeing the dentist to the point that you reschedule appointments or just never make them. You suffer from a toothache for weeks because the thought of seeing a dentist makes you feel sick. If these statements describe how you feel about seeing the dentist, you may be a great candidate for sedation dentistry. However, you may have some concerns about the safety or types of sedation.

smiling dental patient.jpgHow Safe is Sedation Dentistry?

As with any use of sedation, there are always some risks involved. However, these risks can be minimized by an experienced dentist who has the proper education, certification, and permits to use sedation as a part of their practice. Sedation dentistry is considered safe to use even for children when the proper steps are taken.

Your Medical History

Your medical history is necessary information for the dentist to know to keep you safe under sedation. This means you should feel comfortable communicating your complete medical history with your dentist. Risks that could lead to complications include certain medications, obstructive sleep apnea, heart conditions, or weight. Its crucial to completely fill out your medical history and talk with your dentist about anything that could potentially be a red flag. 

Sedation Choices

There are actually several different types of sedation that can be used by the dentist. Your health information along with other factors, such as what needs to be done and your level of anxiety, will help your dentist determine the right level of sedation for you. The options range from intravenous anesthesia under the guidance of a licensed nurse anesthetist to nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

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Proper Sedation Procedures

When sedation is being used, dental staff will monitor your health and well-being throughout the treatment as well as tell you what to expect after your treatment is complete. During the procedure, they’ll watch how your body is responding to the sedation and adjust accordingly. Once your treatment is over, they’ll give you instructions on when you can eat and drink, if you should be driving, and any other details that need to be followed to keep you healthy and your treatment effective.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about sedation dentistry. You can ask about the dosage of the sedative being used, about the training and experience of the dentist and support staff, and even any questions on the procedure itself.

Bottom Line on Sedation Dentistry

The bottom line on sedation is that it’s a safe method of helping you to relax during your dental treatments when dental anxiety rears its head.  There are some risks involved, but they can be minimized by following the proper steps.  When you’re ready to talk about sedation dentistry, contact Boger Dental to schedule your consultation today.