Am I Healthy Enough for Sedation Dentistry?

young woman undergoing sedation dentistry

Do you struggle with dental anxiety? Sedation dentistry is a safe, effective way to ease your nerves and help you get the care you need. We often use it for longer, more complex treatments that are difficult to sit through, but some patients need it for more routine dental work, too. Are you healthy enough to get dental sedation?

Who Shouldn’t Get Sedation Dentistry?

Dental sedation is safe for most people, but there are risks. Very young children may not be the best candidates (especially if their anxiety is mild) while sedation is also riskier for elderly patients. Lung problems, sleep apnea, pregnancy, and certain medications can also affect whether sedation is a healthy choice for you. Safety is our top priority, so our team will always go over your medical history before recommending any type of sedation.

What Types of Dental Sedation Are There?

We offer oral sedation, IV sedation, and deep IV sedation. Oral sedation is a prescribed medication you take at a specific time before your appointment. You’ll remain awake and able to communicate, but you won’t remember the appointment well. With IV sedation, the sedative is given through an IV, so we can control the amount of medication. You’ll be awake during your appointment. During deep IV sedation, you’re unconscious and constantly monitored through the treatment.

What Happens After Sedation?

You’ll need someone to drive you home after sedation. For the next 24 hours, don’t drive, drink alcohol, or make big life decisions. You may experience mild headaches, nausea, and dizziness. If you have concerns about what you’re feeling after sedation, please give us a call.

Sedation Dentistry at Artistic Dentistry in Tucson, Arizona

Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients with dental anxiety. What type is safest depends on your health and what treatment you’re getting. We’ll always prioritize safety and won’t recommend sedation if we have concerns. If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Keys or Dr. Cardenas, please contact us today!

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