Is Dental Sedation Safe?

If you want relaxed and anxiety-free dentistry, then you need to schedule a sedation consultation with a Saratoga Springs or Gloversville dentist as soon as possible. 

Sedation dentistry plays a crucial role, even for preventative care. But if you’re worried about the effects of sedation and wonder if it’s truly safe, this article lays everything out for you.

What Is Dental Sedation for?

Most people think sedation is only necessary for extremely painful dental procedures or for patients with dental anxiety who are too afraid to see the dentist.

This isn’t exactly the case. 

Yes, dental sedation can be a great option for people with dental anxiety or who are generally very afraid of going to the dentist. But it can also be used for other patients!

Here are some cases when dental sedation can be useful for you:

  • If you have a severe gag reflex
  • If you have a disability that prevents you from sitting still for a long time
  • If you need lengthy dental work
  • If you’re undergoing a complex dental procedure
  • If the patient is a young child who cannot sit still or follow the dentist’s instructions, etc.

As for pain, sedation isn’t really doing much for it. While some sedatives may have some analgesic effects, dentists have been using a much better solution to make sure patients don’t feel pain: local anesthesia.

It usually comes in the form of a spray or even an injection for more complex procedures such as implant surgery or a root canal. With local anesthesia, the mouth is numbed, which allows a dentist to administer treatment without causing the patient discomfort. 

How Safe Is Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation is completely safe under the right circumstances. Before giving you any sedative, the dentist will sit down with you to find out key details about your medical and dental history and choose the most appropriate type of sedation for your case. 

Your options can include:

  • Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas)
  • Oral consciousness (medications)
  • IV sedation
  • General anesthesia

Apart from choosing the right sedation for your case, you should also remember that you’ll be under the constant supervision of a trained professional while sedated. 

In fact, some types of sedation will even require an entire team present, such as general anesthesia, which is only done in a hospital and for serious oral surgeries.

How Harrison Family Dentists Can Help

It’s understandable if you’re worried about dental sedation. Dr. Alexandra Porcu can sit with you and present your options after carefully reviewing your case to ensure you can safely access stress-free oral care.

Discover your dental sedation options by requesting a visit to Harrison Family Dentists online.

Have more questions about sedation dentistry or our other services? Then feel free to call our team at (518) 584-6240 for a short chat. We’d love to get in touch.

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