Possible Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry

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There are several benefits of sedation dentistry that may make you consider pushing through with it. However, if you do not take the time to learn about the possible side effects associated with different sedation methods, you will be confused when things don’t quickly return to normal after treatment. Each sedation methods has its own unique side effects that range from mild to moderate to extreme. While most side effects usually wear out n their own, others may need additional medical attention to be suppressed. Below are some of the side affects you can expect from common dental sedation techniques:

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Nitrous Oxide Side Effects

It is a mild and non-invasive form of sedation dentistry near you. You will be given a gas to inhale (also known as laughing gas) and thereafter you can expect to feel a little giggly and completely calm and relaxed. The calming effect will ensure that you sit comfortably through a dental procedure. In the correct dose, nitrous oxide sedation is safe, even for children. However, in the wrong dose patients may experience headaches, blurry vision, nausea, sleepiness, dizziness, excessive sweating and even vomiting.

Oral Sedation

This a good way to get patients with dental phobias to get the much-needed help without feeling too scared or anxious. You will be given some medicine to take orally an hour before the intended procedure. The medicine is usually in form of a tablet that may contain diazepam (Valium) or triazolam (Halcion). Once the drug sets in you may get a tingling sensation throughout your body and any negative emotions and stresses also fade. This may be also be accompanied by a sluggishness to lift or move your limbs. You will remain awake through the entire procedure but you will have no memory of it.

After oral sedation dentistry in Pompano Beach, FL, you can expect the following side effects: drowsiness, headaches, nausea, dizziness and dry mouth. These should however fade away on their own some hours after the procedure. if you wake up the next day still not feeling like your normal self, let your doctor know so that you can be advised appropriately.

IV Sedation

We use intravenous sedation dentistry in Florida for standard to serious dental procedures. It can also be used in patients that prefer to be completely asleep during their dental treatment. As the name suggests, it is administered intravenously, so there will be some pain and discomfort experienced. Expect some minor bruising, swelling and bleeding on the site the needle was inserted. Once it takes effect, you fall into a deep sleep and then the treatment begins. You will have no memory whatsoever of what took place around you during the time you were asleep.

After the IV sedation wears off and you are awake, you may experience the common side effects that include headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Besides the common side effects mentioned above, there are other more serious effects, you need to watch out for. In case you notice any of the following, quickly seek medical advice.

  • Severe skin irritation
  • Fainting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeats

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Is There a Way to Avoid the Side Effects?

Extreme side effects associated with oral sedation are very rare, but it is still important to familiarize with all possibilities. The best way to avoid any extreme side effects is to allow your dentist review your compete medical history. You also need to be open and discuss any issues that may help determine the best sedation options for you. If you have any existing medical conditions or if you are under medication, let the dentist know so that the sedation does not counteract with your current treatment. while mentioning the medications you take, also make sure to include any vitamins and supplements. All these allow for proper profiling, making chances better for deciding on an appropriate treatment plan.

The next time you think about being sedated for dental procedures, make sure to have a candid discussion with your dentist. This will manage any concerns you have as well as your expectations. At Caring Dental Services Pompano, we are dedicated to providing the best care possible and we will be happy to walk you through all you need to know about sedation dentistry.