5 Myths About Sedation Dentistry

Whether it’s a disability, lengthy and uncomfortable procedures, or just the classic fear of the dentist, sedation provides many patients the chance to sit through their most needed dental procedures comfortably.

However, there are a lot of myths surrounding sedation dentistry that can make people a bit anxious every time the subject is brought up. When administered by trained professionals, sedation is perfectly safe!

Here are 5 myths about sedation dentistry, and the truth behind them:

1. Sedation Puts You to Sleep

Some do, but not all. For instance, general anesthesia does make the patient unconscious, but this type of sedation is only necessary for very long and complex procedures.

Most patients who need sedation will not actually remain conscious throughout their visit. For example, laughing gas is one of the most common types of sedation, and the patient remains fully awake while inhaling the gas. The same goes for oral conscious sedation, which are medications the patient takes shortly before the procedure.

2. Sedation Is Only for Complex Procedures

Patients may need sedation for a lot of reasons. Someone dealing with high levels of anxiety and avoiding the dentist altogether may need it to simply remain calm while the dentist addresses their oral health needs.

Some people with a disability can find it difficult to remain physically still for longer periods, in which case sedation may also be necessary to help them. 

3. Sedation Is Dangerous

Sedation dentistry is only administered by trained professionals. Not only that, but your Murphy dentist will recommend the type of sedation used based on your specific medical history, to ensure you will not have any adverse reactions to it.

In these conditions, sedation is perfectly safe. The patient's state is also closely monitored throughout the procedure, so they are in very safe and capable hands.

4. Sedation Is Not Recommended for Children

Parents are obviously anxious about giving their children sedatives, but you should know sedation is also very safe for children. Laughing gas, the most common type of sedative for children and adults, even passes their symptoms so quickly that by the time the procedure is over, the child is fully alert. 

5. Sedation Is for Everyone

Sedation is considered perfectly safe under the right circumstances, but this doesn't mean everyone can be sedated. Some medical conditions might interfere with the effects of the sedation or even make people an improper candidate for it altogether.

Most often, the people who will not be clear for sedation are:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those who’ve gone through radiation therapy
  • Those suffering from certain allergies, medical conditions, or taking certain medications. 

It’s why we at Parkside Dental only recommend sedation when truly necessary, and based on your specific medical history.

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