What are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?


In our last blog post, we talked about the many types and benefits of sedation dentistry and how advanced techniques offered by Dr. Michael Kosdon can help you take the fear out of going to the dentist. Today, we’ll discuss what you can expect in terms of potential side effects of these techniques.

Fortunately, extreme side effects of sedation dentistry are very rare; however, Dr. Kosdon encourages you to be completely honest with him about your medical history and any allergies you may have during your initial appointment. Past or current medical conditions need to be considered when determining your candidacy for sedation dentistry. With oral conscious sedation, a general feeling of grogginess and exhaustion after treatment is the most common side effect. This will last for a little while, so it’s important to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. As the drug wears off, some patients also experience a temporary “dry mouth” feeling. Dizziness and/or a headache may also be present in some cases; however, these side effects are rarely serious and tend to diminish rather quickly. One of the more positive side effects for many patients is the fact that they were so relaxed during the procedure they often do not remember it taking place at all.

With I-V sedation, the most common side effects are tiredness and grogginess once the treatment is complete. As with oral conscious sedation, I-V sedation also requires patients to make arrangements for a ride home. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kosdon will talk with you about all of our sedation dentistry options, evaluate your medical history, and help you determine which technique will be best for your needs.

If you would like more information on sedation dentistry, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kosdon today.

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