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Does Sedation Dentistry Have Any Side Effects?

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It’s quite common for patients to experience anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. Sometimes, routine examinations can induce this stress response, and other times it occurs during more extensive procedures. No matter the type of dental appointment, we are happy to offer patients a safe, simple solution to ease anxiety and overcome fears — sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry not only makes visiting the dentist comfortable and stress-free, it also ensures that patients who have anxiety around dental appointments receive the oral healthcare they need.

What to Expect: Side Effects of the Different Types of Sedation Dentistry

Light Sedation with Nitrous or Laughing Gas

Nitrous gas has a soothing effect that might make patients feel slightly tingly or giggly — hence the term “laughing gas.” Nitrous is administered in the dental office just before an appointment begins. It’s effects are temporary and should be completely worn off by the end of the appointment.

Light Oral Conscious Sedation

This form of sedation requires a patient to take an oral sedative before their appointment and again after arriving at the dental office. These sedatives make patients feel drowsy, relaxed during their appointments, and can even prevent a patient from remembering their time at the dentist. Due to these effects, patients using oral conscious sedation should arrange transportation to and from appointments. Potential side effects of these medications include dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, and headache.

Moderate Sedation with Intravenous Sedatives

Sometimes called “twilight sedation,” this type of sedation dentistry delivers sedatives through an IV to keep patients sleepy or almost asleep during their appointments. Moderate sedation is usually recommended for patients with severe anxiety or more complicated and lengthy procedures. Since administered through an IV, patients will have some bruising at the injection site. They will require a short period of in-office recovery, in addition to transportation to and from the appointment.

Full Sedation with General Anesthesia

Full sedation, or sleep dentistry, uses general anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist in a fully monitored clinic setting to ensure a patient sleeps throughout the entire procedure. Full sedation is recommended for patients with extreme anxiety, undergoing extensive procedures, or who have a difficult time following instructions. After a dental appointment with general anesthesia, a patient will need time to recover under professional observation. Patients are able to return home the same day, but will require transportation to and from the appointment.

Schedule an Appointment or Learn More About Sedation Dentistry in Surrey

At Floss Dental, we strive to make dental care and good oral health accessible to everyone. We proudly provide our patients with safe and effective sedation dentistry to make visiting the dentist for any type of treatment (routine cleanings and exams or more extensive procedures) completely free from fear, anxiety, and pain. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about sedation dentistry and the levels of sedation available or recommended for your upcoming appointment, we welcome you to contact our office today at 778-565-3368.