Here’s what you should know about the side-effects of the two most common dental sedation options.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Side-Effects
Laughing gas gives you a very relaxed feeling while you inhale it. It dulls pain perception and eases anxiety.
There are no lasting effects with nitrous oxide. It only affects your body while the gas is in your bloodstream. After the nitrogen is switched off, you just breathe in normal oxygen and within several breaths all the gas is gone from your system.
Nitrous oxide can make your limbs feel tingly or numb. But this effect also only lasts while you’re breathing in the gas. There are not many side-effects associated with laughing gas, so it’s considered a very safe option.
Oral Sedation Side-Effects
With oral sedation, you’ll take a pill or syrup just before your dental treatment. The medication will make your feel drowsy and relaxed. It also has an amnesic effect, meaning that you won’t have much memory of the treatment. You’ll feel like everything went by quickly and you won’t be haunted by any unpleasant experiences.
The downside to oral sedation is that the medication affects you for a long time. Once you take it, a friend or family member will have to drive you to and from your dental appointment. You’ll be too drowsy to safely drive yourself.
Unwanted side-effects from the medication can include: dry mouth, headache, nausea, and dizziness. Everyone responds a little differently to the drug. More serious effects are rare.
Plan Carefully for Safe Dental Anesthesia
By talking with your dentist about sedation dentistry and discussing all medications and supplements you’re currently taking, you can carefully plan ahead for a safe sedation procedure.
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Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
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