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What to Expect After Dental Sedation

What to Expect After Dental Sedation

It can be tough for some people to relax during dental visits, thankfully it doesn't need to be this way. Our Surrey dentists talk about dental sedation and how it can ease your nerves as well as what to expect after you've been sedated.


How can dental sedation benefit you?

By receiving sedation prior to any dental procedures you may not only feel more relaxed during your visit but also may experience decreased pain. Some of the procedures that dental sedation may be useful for include teeth cleanings, root canals, and endoscopes. Sedation may be a good option for patients concerned about their gag reflexes or fear and anxiety. 

The type of dental sedation that you receive will depend on the clinic you visit and which options they offer. Oral sedation is usually administered in liquid or pill form in the time leading up to your dental visit. You may be given a dose to take the night before you assist you in getting a good night's sleep f you are feeling extra anxious.

Dental sedation is ideal as it allows you the opportunity to remain conscious. Sedation allows you to fully relax during your visit while allowing you to remain awake and responsive throughout your appointment.

What are the possible side effects of each type?

While you will likely remain awake after being given dental sedation, many patients say that they feel relaxed enough that they can sleep. Know that it is perfectly normal if you do fall asleep. This will only be a light sleep and our dental team won't have any issues gently waking you once the service is complete. The effects of dental sedation vary depending on the person taking it, as they do with many medications. While rare, there is always the possibility of some side effects. Side effects that may occur with dental sedation include:

Oral Sedation

    • Low blood pressure
    • Mild headache 
    • Sluggish reflexes
    • Drowsiness 
    • Amnesia (only for the period you are sedated) 
    • Dry mouth

IV Sedation

    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Watery eyes

Both Oral Sedation & IV Sedation

    • Dry mouth
    • Headaches

If you do experience side effects related to dental sedation, they should be mild and you can expect them to clear up in a day or two.

Is there any risk of serious complications?

Dental sedation is a safe option for most patients and while complications are rare, you should be aware that they may happen.

If your dentist has scheduled dental sedation for your appointment, they will discuss any potential risks or complications with you prior to your visit.

For those who suffer from obesity or sleep disorders, you will not be a candidate for dental sedation in order to prevent serious complications. Our dental team will offer other methods of helping you feel more relaxed and comfortable during your procedure.

While all medical procedures involve some risk, using IV sedation under the supervision of a trained professional is relatively risk-free. Oversedation is the most serious risk, which will be managed by the dental team through careful monitoring. Patients are not left alone while sedated.

Ensuring that you only receive dental sedation from a qualified dental professional will help to minimize the possibility of complications.

What should you expect while recovering from dental sedation?

Your recovery after you've had dental sedation will differ depending on the type of sedation you were given. The dental team will stay with you to help ensure your safety for the entirety of your visit.

Your dentist will inform you if you will require a ride to and from your appointment. We recommend that you take the day off, refrain from operating heavy machinery, and avoid physical activity while the sedative wears off. These side effects should only last up to 24 hours after which you will be able to return to your regular activities.

Would you like more information on how we use sedation to support anxious patients at Guildford Dental? Please contact our Surrey dentist to request a consultation.

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