You may be considering dental sedation if you suffer from a dental phobia, if you need to undergo a complicated procedure, or if your dentist has recommended sedation for another reason. But what should you expect? What are the effects of sedation Oshawa?
Extent of Sedation
The effects of sedation depend on the type of sedation: gas, pill, or IV. If you choose gas sedation, effects will be minimal. You will feel relaxed but aware of your surroundings. Nitrous oxide gas can also reduce pain from the procedure. The sedative wears off immediately after you remove the gas mask, meaning you can drive after your appointment.
Pills can provide minimal sedation, but a stronger dosage will lead to moderate sedation. Another option for moderate sedation is IV sedation. These options make you feel very relaxed and drowsy. You may remember only a little of the procedure.
Side Effects of Dental Sedation
As with all types of medication, there are some side effects to sedatives. However, there are fewer side effects of gas sedation than of oral and IV sedation.
Gas sedation may make you slightly dizzy or nauseous. You may experience some vertigo. Nitrous oxide may fail to work sufficiently as a pain killer, but dentists usually prevent this by pairing gas sedation with a local anesthetic.
Oral and IV sedation can lead to loss of coordination and concentration. For these reasons, you must have someone drive you back from your dentist appointment. Oral sedation can also cause headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, and nausea. IV sedation can lead to prolonged drowsiness and motor function impairment.
Complications from sedatives are rare. To be on the safe side, your dentist will discuss the risks and benefits of each option before deciding if dental sedation is right for you.