Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

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The thought of visiting the dental practice for a dentist appointment is fearful for a lot of people. It develops a sense of anxiety and nervousness. If you’re a person that suffers from this with the thought of visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from phobias of visiting the dentist. Sometimes, they prefer to not have any treatment. Thanks to advanced dental technology, dentists are prepared for patients of this kind and there are a variety of solutions to calm anxiety during a dentist appointment. Known as sedation dentistry, it can be used for any kind of treatment, from invasive procedures through to scale-and-polish. There are many patients wondering “is sedation dentistry safe?”.

Continue reading to find out more.

How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

Here is a breakdown of how sedation dentistry works, which will answer the question of whether sedation dentistry is safe for patients.

  1. The Use Of Anaesthesia – The dentist adequately uses local anaesthesia as the first step to calm your anxiety fears and to help you feel more relaxed during treatment. If required, the dentist will be administered general anaesthesia which will make you unconscious during the procedure. The anaesthesia will wear off shortly after treatment.
  2. Quick Consciousness – Local anaesthesia usually lasts for 4 to 6 hours at a time. The local anaesthesia has no side effects and will ensure your physical and mental faculties are restored shortly after treatment. You will feel close to normal as soon as it wears off.
  3. Minimal Side Effects – Sedation dentistry does not come without its side effects. However, they are minimal and are not expected to cause any illness. Not all patients experience the same side effects. The side effects can be either of the following.
    • Nausea
    • Dry Mouth
    • Initial concentration problems
    • Temporary blurred vision

The side effects should be expected as soon as the anaesthesia wears off. However, the effects are expected to be very short.

  1. Return To Normal Activity Quickly – You’re expected to resume normality a few hours after the anaesthesia wears off. It is expected that you should take some rest after treatment.
  2. Regularly Monitored – Once sedation dentistry is administered, the dentist will regularly monitor the vital signs such as blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rate. This is to ensure that the patient is reacting positively to the anaesthesia. Rest assured, as a patient you’re always monitored during treatment to keep you safe.

Read here to learn about when sedation dentistry can be administered

Sedation dentistry has proven to be successful for many patients during treatment. Patients may not necessarily remember the treatment experience itself, but they will feel more relaxed and calmer so the dentist can perform the necessary treatment. Dental sedation can be the key to unlock any anxiety feelings upon the dentist visit which is the more beneficial to oral health.

If you’re seeking support for your dentist appointment, and are considering sedation dentistry, SD Cleveland promise to make sure your experience with us is safe and comfortable as possible. Contact us now to book your appointment or seek further information from your exceptional and experienced dentists.