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Sedation Dentistry Side Effects – Oral Sedation Dentistry

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.

About Dr Kevin Low

It could be argued that Dr.Kevin Low was born to be a dentist. Dr. Low has been around drills and prophy-paste his whole life, as his father was also a practicing dentist. As a teen, he would volunteer in his dad's dental office, and those days he spent watching his father work made him realize that dentistry was more than just drilling and filling. He watched patients come into his dad's office self-conscious, and leave as people who could not wait to show off their new smiles. Dr. Low saw the transformational impact restoring someone's smile had on their life, and knew he wanted to be the guy to do it.

Dr. Low began his journey by training in health sciences during his undergraduate years at Creighton University in Omaha. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he went on to the School of Dentistry, where he earned his degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). Armed with the knowledge and passion of a caring and skilled doctor, he began his search for the perfect place to practice.

In 2009 he landed the amazing position at Above and Beyond Dentistry and Implants. Having been raised on the West Coast, Dr. Low was happy to be back to the mild winters of the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Low loves where he works, and really considers it an honor to be able to practice what he loves every day.

Dr. Low boasts of having the best team in Washington at Above and Beyond Dentistry and Implants. His team exemplifies what it means to be in the healthcare profession. They are caring, gentle, and professional. They truly love working with the community members of Battle Ground, Washington. You won't find a better place to have your dental health taken care of than at Dr. Low's office.

Dr. Low also appreciates all things technology-based, and offers the most up to date procedures to his patients. He loves that he is in a place where he can transform his patients' smiles more comfortably than ever before. Dr. Low is making a difference, one smile at a time, and would love to be a lifelong partner in your oral health.

His story has truly come full circle, as he gets to transform the health and smiles of patients every day. He can‘t imagine doing anything else with his career.

Stop in and meet Dr. Low and his team, or give us a call at (360) 989-3717.

Office Hours

Monday 8-5 | Tuesday 8-5
Wednesday 7-4 | Thursday 7-4

1908 NW 1st Way, Ste 105
Battle Ground, WA 98604