The Safety of Sedation Dentistry

The Safety of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry has made it possible for all kinds of people to visit their dentist in Woodbury, MN, and get the treatment they need. With the development of different sedation options, Dr. Marko Kamel and our team at Woodbury Dental Arts can tailor treatment to your needs. If you are new to sedation dentistry, you may want to know how the different options might affect you. Dr. Kamel can answer your questions beforehand, but here is some additional insight.   Side Effects of Different Sedation Options
  • Local Anesthetic: This is administered through a syringe directly to the area being worked on. It numbs the area, which creates a tingly and swollen feeling. Side effects include possible drooling and difficulty speaking and eating. It wears off after a few hours.
  • IV Sedation: IV sedation is administered intravenously directly into the bloodstream. The level of sedation can vary from light to heavy. Patients generally experience a drowsy feeling. With heavier sedation, patients may not remember the procedure.
  • Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is administered as a pill taken about an hour before treatment. It promotes a relaxed feeling in the patient. Most patients do not recall the procedure once the pill wears off.
  • Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is administered through a breathing max. It does not numb the patient but helps the patient feel calmer. It may sometimes be used in conjunction with another form of sedation, such as a local anesthetic. The effects wear off soon after the patient stops inhaling the gas.
Tailored to Meet Your Needs Some patients may not be able to use certain forms of sedation, and that is fine. Dr. Kamel will work with you to decide what will best meet your needs. If you suffer from severe dental anxiety, IV or oral sedation may be a good option for you. Schedule a Visit With Us Our goal is to help you feel as relaxed as possible during treatment. Contact our office today to schedule your next dental checkup.

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