You may have heard horror stories about sedation dentistry. Fortunately, even when such stories are true, they are quite rare.
Dental sedation is a safe procedure when performed by a licensed provider and the patient is cleared for certain medical conditions. You also have control over just how safe your sedation appointment is by choosing the right “type” for your situation.
Regular Sedation Dentistry Doesn’t Make You Unconscious
Dental sedation usually involves a medication that makes you drowsy. You’ll feel sleepy and relaxed during your treatment, but you’ll still be conscious. Afterwards, you might not remember much of what happened.
General anesthesia is the kind that makes you “go under” but it’s not used in the dental office. General anesthesia is reserved for complex procedures in an operating room.
Know and Share Your Medical History
It’s absolutely vital that your sedation dentist knows your entire health history and list of current medications. If you hold back any information, it’s at your own risk. You don’t want to find out too late that the herbal supplement you’re taking interacts with the sedation drug the dentist normally prescribes.
By sharing all of your health information, you can plan for a safe dental sedation session with no unpleasant surprises.
Find an Experienced Team
To put your fears at ease, look for a sedation dentistry team with lots of experience. They should all be certified or licensed for the type of service they offer, and trained on how to handle medical emergencies.
Bring a Friend
Always plan to have someone drive you to and from your sedation appointment. This trusted individual will ensure you’re safe and advocate for you while your judgement is impaired.
Contact an experienced sedation dentist in your area to learn more about sedation dentistry safety.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
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