If you have a fear of the dentist, you’re not alone. Some estimates suggest that up to 60% of people in the US have some form of dental anxiety, while closer to 5-10% of people have diagnosed dental phobia.
As oral sedation dentistry becomes more widely available, people are able to set aside their fears and get the dental work they need without any discomfort. With the help of oral sedation, Dr. Low treats many patients who haven’t been able to get the care they need for years. The results can often be life changing. During these procedures, different medications help patients relax. But what kinds of side effects do these medications have? Are there sedation dentistry side effects?
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Overall, oral sedation is a very safe procedure that has minimal side effects. Oral sedation doesn’t put a patient to sleep, but it does give them an amnesia effect during and after the procedure. This means that while they are awake, they won’t remember anything after the appointment is complete. There are no needles with oral sedation, as the patient simply takes medication the night before the procedure and the morning of. Most dentists use medications that are classified as benzodiazepines. This medication can cause dry mouth, headaches, dizziness and nausea, although it is rare. All patients that use oral sedation will need to arrange for friend or family member to drive them to and from the appointment, and the patient should not drive or operate heavy machinery for the rest of the day.
These side effects are minimal in comparison to the fear some people experience when it comes to the dentist. Being able to get proper oral healthcare is important to our overall health, and often times a fear of the dentist is the only thing that’s in the way. We encourage anyone who is avoiding the dentist due to fear and anxiety to look into sedation dentistry and start on their path to better oral health.