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Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

June 19, 2023
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Sedation has been known to help many patients successfully undergo complex dental treatment with ease. However, those who have never taken advantage of all that sedation dentistry has to offer may have a lot of questions before considering it.

To help you gain a better understanding of what it is, whether or not it is safe, and what you can expect, we have put together a few answers to some of the most common questions about sedation dentistry. 

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?  

The idea of being sedated during a dental procedure can leave some patients on edge. Is it really safe? The answer is yes! Sedation dentistry is very safe for patients of all ages - as long as it is used under the care of an experienced dentist. 

While using sedation dentistry, patients are monitored throughout the procedure to ensure that they do not have any reaction to the sedation. Though, it is important to note that negative reactions are very rare.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Many patients have no problem undergoing their dental treatment using only local anesthesia. For those who are looking for a bit more, great candidates for sedation dentistry are those who are: 

  • Nervous or have fears and anxieties
  • Have a bad gag reflex 
  • Struggle when getting numb by traditional methods
  • Have physical or mental disabilities

It is always good to talk to your dentist about any concerns you have before your procedure. 

How Long Does the Sedation Last? 

How long sedation lasts depends on what type of sedation you choose. Below is a brief overview of what you can expect with some common types of sedation. 

Nitrous oxide begins working quickly and stops the same way. This type of sedation involves the use of a small mask that fits over the nose. As you breathe in the gas, you will begin to feel the impacts of the sedation. As soon as the mask is removed, the feeling goes away within a few moments. 

Oral sedation usually involves taking a pill prior to your sedation - and its effects may last a few hours. You have to allow this just to work its way through the body until you begin feeling normal again. There is no way to start and stop it. 

IV sedation is a type that isn’t as commonly used. It involves putting the patient into a twilight-like state throughout the procedure. As its name suggests, this is administered through an IV and it can begin to wear off as soon as the IV is removed. 

Does Sedation Reduce Pain? 

No, sedation is not intended to reduce pain. Rather, the local anesthesia used during the procedure is what will reduce pain. Sedation is then only used to promote feelings of relaxation and calm. At the same time, you are not likely to feel any pain when using sedation. 

Will I Be Awake For the Dental Procedure? 

Whether or not you are awake for your dental procedure will depend on what type of sedation you use. For example, with nitrous oxide and oral sedation, you will be conscious and awake. With IV sedation, you are less likely to remain awake or remember your procedure when it is done. 

Still Have Questions About Sedation Dentistry? 

At Bronxville Family Dental, we understand how important sedation dentistry is to our patients. It can be incredibly useful in many situations and keep patients comfortable throughout many complex dental procedures. 
To learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can help you get through a procedure, contact us at 914-337-8430.

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