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Contraindications for Sedation Dentistry

Most people like the idea of being “put to sleep” during a dental procedure.  You can get all of your dental work done without even knowing or caring about what is going on!  Sedation dentistry or being “put to sleep” is considered to be safe for helping patients relax during dental procedures.  There are some situations, however, where sedation dentistry should not be used.

Here is a list of some conditions where sedation is not recommended:

Pregnancy- Pregnant patients should not have sedation dentistry because the drugs used can be harmful to the unborn baby.

Diabetics- Diabetic patients are generally not good candidates for sedation dentistry because of how drastic their blood sugar changes can be.  If they have their diabetes under control, however, they could be a good candidate.

Certain Medications/Recreational Drugs- If you take drugs for conditions such as anxiety, your body may not respond to the medications used for sedation.  If you use recreational drugs, those are very unpredictable and if mixed with sedation drugs, it could cost you your life.

Liver and Kidney Diseases- These patients have difficulty metabolizing the sedation drugs so they usually are not good candidates for sedation dentistry unless they are cleared to do so by their medical doctor.

Respiratory Disorders- Breathing disorders like asthma and bronchitis are not good candidates because sedation drugs can interfere with your body’s normal breathing.

Are you interested in sedation dentistry for your next dental procedure?  Call your dentist who offers sedation dentistry as an option.  You will be able to schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss whether or not sedation dentistry is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880


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