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Is Dental Sedation Dangerous?

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Dental sedation is an important part of many patients’ oral care, especially those who suffer from dental anxiety or phobia. But many people worry that it’s too good to be true. Read on to learn why dental sedation is actually a safe and effective option for most patients.

patient undergoing oral surgery with dental sedation

What Is Dental Sedation?

With sedation, your dentist can, through a few different methods, relax you or, in rarer cases, put you to sleep during your procedure. Sedation options range from a light sedation like nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” to general anesthesia, which renders the patient unconscious during the procedure.

Are There Dangers?

As with everything, sedation dentistry is not a fit for each and every patient. Before commiting to a dental sedation routine, your dentist will take a look at your medical history, ask you what medicines you’re currently taking, and take your basic stats such as height, weight, and age into consideration. This will help the doctor determine which sedation method will be safe and effective for you. During the procedure, a trained, licensed member of the team will administer the chosen method of sedation, and they’ll monitor your vitals and oxygen levels during the process. Your dentist, the team, and the office will be equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to keep you safe during your procedure, whether or not you’re undergoing sedation.

Is Dental Sedation for Me?

Dental sedation is safe for most patients, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessary for everyone. Sedation appeals to those dealing with dental anxiety or phobia, but it does serve some other circumstances as well. If you have a low tolerance for pain, sensitivity, bad gag reflex, fidgeting or other uncontrollable movements, or if you’re due for a large amount of dental work, sedation might be worth considering.

If you’re interested in exploring the option of dental sedation, the team here at Edgewater Dental Arts is here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and let you know if sedation is a good fit for you. Give us a call or bring it up with us at your next visit.

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.