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5 Reasons You Might Not Be a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry


Sedation Dentistry

There are lots of types of sedation dentistry such as oral sedation, IV sedation, and laughing gas that is used to relieve pain, discomfort, and anxiety during dentistry procedure. Sharing your medical history with your dentist plays an important in becoming a good candidate for dental sedation. It’s a very effective method that makes patients not compromise on their oral health, but there are many reasons why you might not be a good candidate for dental sedation. Some of them are below.

Dental Anxiety

Patient’s fear and anxiety regarding the dentist and dental procedure can cause dental avoidance which ultimately can be the reason for many chronic oral health problems. Patients with anxiety issues with uncooperative behavior usually suffer more pain and need drug sedatives during their dental procedure. If you usually don’t get anxiety attacks during your dental treatment, then you don’t need dental sedation at all because the main motive of sedation is to reduce your stress and fears. 

During Pregnancy

Is dental anesthesia safe during pregnancy?

Dental sedation is not given to pregnant women because hormonal changes occur which can affect your mouth. Use of laughing gas or any other anesthesia during sleep dentistry is avoided in the first and second trimesters. IV sedation dentistry and oral sedation are not recommended for pregnant ladies.

Child Sedation Dentistry Side Effects

All types of sedation dentistry are almost safe for individuals of all age groups, even for children. However, laughing gas causes numerous long-term and short-term side effects among children which can be mild and can vanish faster as anaesthesia fades away. Dizziness, feelings of restlessness, sweating, vomiting, shivering, and nausea are usually short-term side effects that are seen among children receiving IV sedation dentistry and oral sedation dentistry. Therefore, make sure that your dentist is perfectly trained on how to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) in appropriate amounts.

Being a Patient of Respiratory Diseases

Sedation dentistry is not recommended especially for people suffering from any type of respiratory disease. These diseases include Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), pneumonia, Bronchitis, lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, asthma, and pleural infection. The use of sedation is common in all types of sedation dentistry. They usually slow down the breathing rate to make you relax and calm. It is only possible if you have strong and healthy lungs. Oral sedation dentistry is not recommended for respiratory disease sufferers.

Being Allergic to Anesthesia or Sedatives

Sedatives are used in all types of sedation dentistry. They are used to overcome the patient’s anxieties, pains, and feelings of distress. However, many patients are allergic to different sedatives. The most common is laughing gas (nitrous oxide) used in oral sedation dentistry. So before any dental treatment or procedure, make sure you have given all the right data regarding your previous medical history and even minor allergies you are suffering.

Consult your dentist first. Provide him with your detailed medical history. Let him know if any form of sedation does not suit you or any other health problem. So don’t make a compromise on your oral health.

Sedation Dentistry


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