If you are expecting to undergo an invasive procedure or have a difficult time at the dentist's office then you may be recommended to receive dental sedation. Our Surrey dentists shares some information about what sedation is and how you can expect to feel after you come out of dental sedation.
What is oral conscious sedation?
The primary goal of oral conscious sedation is to relieve pain and discomfort while also making you feel at ease during your dental procedure. This sedation technique is used for a variety of procedures, including teeth cleanings, root canals, and endoscopes. This medication may benefit patients who have a strong gag reflex, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems, fear of pain, or high sensitivity to touch.
The dentist will prescribe the right amount of this mild to moderate sedation, as well as provide pre-and post-sedation instructions. You must take an oral liquid or pill one hour before your dental appointment. To alleviate anxiety-related insomnia, you may need to take a dose the night before the procedure.
You will be in a relaxed state of consciousness during treatment. Having said that, you'll remain alert and responsive, and you shouldn't experience any pain.
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation refers to several medications that can be directly administered into the bloodstream through the vein to offer the deepest level of sedation short of general anesthesia.
Will I feel any side effects from sedation dentistry?
Moderate sedation may cause drowsiness or grogginess, leading you to fall asleep during your appointment. On the other hand, your dental team will gently shake you awake. The effects of sedation vary depending on the person taking it, as with many medications. Most patients report only minor side effects following their appointment. You may have noticed that you have noticed.
Oral Conscious Sedation
- Low blood pressure
- Mild headache
- Sluggish reflexes
- Amnesia (only for the period you are sedated)
- Dry mouth
- Nausea or vomiting
- Watery eyes
Both Oral Conscious Sedation & IV Sedation
- Dry mouth
All of these symptoms should go away within 24 hours of taking an oral sedative. Remember that not all patients will experience side effects and that the severity will vary.
Are there potential complications with oral conscious sedation or IV sedation?
Oral conscious sedation is a relatively safe procedure that has few side effects. The dental team will monitor your vital signs while you are sedated.
Your dentist will need to know about your medical history before prescribing an oral sedative, as certain health conditions may preclude you from using this option due to an increased risk of complications.
If you are obese or have obstructive sleep apnea, you and your dentist should discuss other options as these two health conditions can cause complications, making oral conscious sedation unsafe.
While a trained professional supervises, using IV sedation is relatively risk-free, although all medical procedures involve some risk. The dental team will manage the most serious risk of oversedation through careful monitoring. We do not leave patients alone while they are sedated.
You should also confirm that your dentist is qualified to provide sedation.
What can I expect during recovery?
Depending on the type and level of sedation administered by your dentist, you may require one to several hours to recover from the sedation. Your dental team will closely monitor you during this time to ensure that your vital signs stabilize as they return to normal.
The dentist will inform you if you require a ride to and from your appointment. We recommend that you take the day off, refrain from operating heavy machinery, and avoid physical activity while the sedative wears off. These side effects will subside after 24 hours.