What are some common side effects of oral sedation dentistry?
Amnesia—Due to the amnesic effects of many of the medications, patients remember little or nothing of their dental appointments. This is very appealing for those patients who are highly fearful and anxious.
Less Post-Operative Soreness—When patients are afraid, their threshold for pain is much lower. Fear and anxiety trigger the release of certain chemicals in the brain, like adrenaline, which put a patient’s “fight or flight” instincts on high alert. They anticipate that something is going to hurt and so they tense their muscles, even if it is subconsciously, leading to additional soreness post-treatment. With dental sedation, a patient’s apprehension and hypersensitivity to pain is virtually eliminated, thus reducing the likelihood and severity of post-operative discomfort.
Dry Mouth—The sedatives administered during a sedation appointment decrease salivary flow and allow Dr. Qureshi to perform treatment in a dryer environment.
How long does it take for Nitrous Oxide to have effect?
Not long at all. A patient that was anxious often after just a minute or two before treatment will become relaxed and calm.
Will someone need to accompany me to my dental appointment?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.
Will my insurance cover sedation treatment?
We’ll review your insurance coverage and, if necessary, make financial arrangements to insure you get the dental care you need.