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Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

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Sedation dentistry not only helps relieve anxiety, they can also make appointments feel like they go by faster and reduce the likelihood of having a negative experience.

Is Dental Sedation Safe for Me?

Before we add dental sedation to a patient’s treatment plan, we always review their medical and dental history. We strive to keep your records up-to-date with all relevant information, so please let us know if anything changes with your health status. Patients with liver, kidney, or thyroid disorders are not always good candidates for sedation. Pregnant women are typically advised to avoid dental sedation whenever possible as well.

We would be happy to discuss specific health concerns at your appointment. We also recommend consulting with your primary care provider.

Which Sedation Has the Fewest Side Effects?

Nitrous oxide is the mildest form of dental sedation. It is administered via a nose mask. Patients are not rendered unconscious and its effects wear off within minutes of breathing normal air. If you are interested in trying out dental sedation for the first time, nitrous oxide might be a great option for you. It can also be used in conjunction with other forms of sedation.

Is Dental Sedation Dangerous?

When administered by trained dental healthcare professionals, dental sedation is safe and effective. The temporary side effects associated with stronger forms of sedation dissipate after a few hours. For example, dry mouth, dizziness, headaches, and nausea are considered normal side effects for sedation. If anything more serious arises or you develop a fever at any point, please get in touch with our office. In general, patients usually just feel more tired and worn out than usual. If you utilize any sedation besides nitrous oxide, driving and making big decisions should be avoided for 24 hours post-treatment.

To learn more about dental sedation at CarolinasDentist, please visit our sedation page or contact our team!

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