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Sedation Dentistry

What Are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?

sedation-dentistry-effectsSometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” sedation dentistry is a technique that can often be employed to help individuals suffering from dental anxieties receive the oral care they need. At our practice, Dr. Chiappetti and Dr. Coombs utilize oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide, each of which can help patients remain relaxed and comfortable throughout the entirety of their treatment.

Depending on the specific sedation method used, there are some potential side effects that may be experienced, though these symptoms should dissipate relatively quickly and have no long-term impact on the health of the individual. For patients who undergo oral conscious sedation, the most common side effect is typically an inability to recollect the actual treatment once it is complete, which is often considered more of a positive than a negative for many people who have fears about visiting the dentist. For those who receive IV sedation, the most common side effect is a feeling of sleepiness and/or grogginess. Since these effects may take several hours to completely wear off, we recommend having a close friend or family member available to drive you home after treatment. Lastly, unlike oral conscious and IV sedation, nitrous oxide generally does not have any significant side effects. In fact, when nitrous oxide is used, most individuals are able to drive themselves home once treatment is completed.

Ultimately, the side effects of sedation dentistry will vary based on the individual and the specific technique employed. A more personalized idea of what you may be able to expect can be provided following a thorough evaluation of your overall health, specific needs, and the complexity of your prospective treatment. To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists, please contact us today.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

sedation-dentistryIt’s no secret that one of the most common reasons people avoid receiving the oral care they need is due to anxieties and/or fears about visiting the dentist. At Scottsdale Smile Center, we understand how troublesome these phobias can be, which is why we seek to alleviate any concerns patients may have about their dental visit through sedation dentistry.

Also known as “sleep dentistry,” sedation dentistry is a technique that enables Dr. Coombs and Dr. Chiappetti to make dental visits as comfortable and efficient as possible for patients, regardless of whether it’s a routine teeth cleaning or comprehensive Smile Design Makeover. Available sedation dentistry options at our practice include:

  • Oral conscious sedation
  • Nitrous oxide
  • IV sedation

Depending on the extremity of your dental anxiety and/or the complexity of your treatment, our dentists can help determine which form of sedation may be best for your visit. By employing the most effective option for you unique needs, you should be able to remain relaxed and pain-free throughout the entirety of your treatment, enabling us to deliver the quality of dental care you both need and deserve.

If you or a loved one suffers from dental anxiety, or if you simply wish to improve the efficiency of a specific treatment or procedure, we encourage you to schedule an appointment today to find out which type of sedation may be right for you.