Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry
Before you say “Yes!” to sedation for your dental treatment, it is important to know the potential side effects. Sedation utilizes some relatively potent drugs, and they typically carry some side effects. Not everyone experiences these side effects, but everyone is at risk for them.
If you plan to undergo dental treatment while sedated, be prepared for the following possible side effects:
- Reduced awareness of sights, sounds, and surroundings – While this is a desired effect of sedation, it is a side effect of the prescription medications. People taking these medications for purposes other than sedation must be aware of this potential side effect.
- Amnesia, or a lack of ability to remember what occurred during sedation – This side effect may last up to 24 hours, so it is important to take the entire day off and not respond to any work communication.
- Sleepiness or sluggishness – Again, most people desire to go to sleep during their dental visit. This effect can last up to 24 hours, so you should not drive a motor vehicle until the following day.
- Nausea and/or vomiting – This common side effect can affect the sedated individual immediately or up to 24 hours later. Keep any meals small.
- Skin irritation at the site of injection for IV sedation
- Dry mouth – This side effect is a temporary effect of the medication itself and a lack of fluid intake while sedated.
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Becoming emotional – Some people tend to become emotional or tearful after receiving sedation medication.
All of the side effects of sedation are temporary. Because many of them impair your ability to function, it is important to have a responsible adult with you until the medication has completely worn off, which usually takes 12-24 hours.
Interested in Sedation Dentistry?
Call Designer Smiles today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ann and Dr. Lauren. Our wonderful team has the expertise and experience necessary to provide safe sedation for your dental treatment in our office.