What Are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?

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Dental anxiety is common and can get in the way of feeling comfortable and at ease during your dental appointment. That’s why we offer a variety of sedation options. The type of sedation you’ll receive depends on your anxiety level and what procedure you’re having. The side effects are usually minor, and many patients feel that they are worth the added comfort. If you’re unsure whether you’d like to receive sedation at your appointment and want to know what the side effects will be, here is all the information you need.

Common Types Of Dental Sedation & Their Side Effects

1. Nitrous Oxide

Also known as “laughing gas,” this drug is administered through a face mask that dispenses vapor. The effects are immediate and wear off quickly. A feeling of elation and relaxation will occur. The side effects of nitrous oxide are minimal, which is why this is the version most used in pediatric dentistry. Nitrous oxide does not cause grogginess. Patients can drive themselves home and resume normal activity after the appointment.

2. Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation refers to a pill that will be taken before your dental appointment. It relaxes the nerves and helps calm anxiety. There will be some grogginess, so it’s recommended that you have someone drive you to and from your appointment. Possible side effects may include dizziness, nausea, headache, and dry mouth. All symptoms should resolve within a day of use.

3. IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation means that you’ll receive an IV treatment to help calm nerves. This is for more advanced cases of dental anxiety or pain sensitivity. It may cause sleepiness, so you’ll need help getting to and from the dentist. Side effects include grogginess, dizziness, and possibly pain or bruising at the injection site. All of these should resolve within a couple of days.

4. Sleep Sedation

For those who experience a great deal of dental anxiety and sensitivity, sleep sedation is available. You’ll be given general anesthesia, which will put you completely to sleep for your procedure. You won’t remember the appointment and it will pass quickly. Because this is the deepest form of sedation, it will take longer to wear off. You will be monitored following the procedure and discharged after the sedation effects wear off.

Your Comfort & Safety Are Important to Us!

Call us at Rigby Advanced Dental and let us know if you have any questions about sedation options for your next dental procedure. We are happy to help you prepare both mentally and physically for your upcoming appointment. We hope to see you soon.

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