As many as one out of every five Americans have avoided getting the dental care they need because of fear or anxiety. To help patients overcome their nervousness and be comfortable receiving the treatment they need to maintain a healthy mouth, many dentists offer various forms of sedation. To ensure you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry, it’s important to share your medical history with your dentist so they can determine your eligibility. Until then, here are eight signs that dental sedation may not be right for you.
1. You Have No Dental Anxieties or Fears
The primary purpose of dental sedatives is to help you relax during your procedure, but it can also be used to make you comfortable if you need extensive work done in one sitting. However, if you’re not anxious, afraid, or tense at all, you probably don’t need it.
2. You’re the Wrong Age
While sedation is safe for children, it must be done carefully and only when absolutely necessary. Similarly, patients of advanced age may not be capable of handling sedation due to underlying medical conditions.
3. You’re Pregnant
Nitrous oxide isn’t recommended in the first trimester of pregnancy, while oral conscious sedation shouldn’t be used at any stage. If there’s any chance you might be pregnant, tell your dentist.
4. You’re Allergic to the Sedative
Patients with allergies to nitrous oxide or benzodiazepines (the most common form of oral conscious sedative) may have adverse reactions to the treatment. Let your dentist know about any allergies you have.
5. Your Nose Is Stuffy
Nitrous oxide is inhaled through your nose while your dentist works on your mouth. If you can’t breathe in through your nose, the gas can’t properly enter your system and won’t have the desired effect.
6. You Have a Respiratory Disease
Sedation typically relaxes you by slowing your breathing, which is perfectly fine if your lungs are healthy. However, if you have a respiratory condition like chronic bronchitis, it may cause complications.
7. You’re Taking Certain Medications
Tell your dentist about every single medication you take, whether it’s prescribed, over-the-counter, herbal remedies, or vitamins. Otherwise, you might be given a sedative that doesn’t work or interacts negatively with your current medication.
8. You Drank Alcohol Before Your Appointment
Mixing alcohol with oral conscious sedation may cause complications like difficulty breathing or extremely low blood pressure. Refrain from drinking on the day of your procedure.
If you’re nervous about undergoing a dental procedure, ask your dentist if sedation is right for you. After discussing your medical history and current medications, the dentist can determine whether sedation is the best way to help you feel comfortable enough to get the care your smile needs.
About the Practice
At Premier Dental Care in Medford, OR, we have a team of four highly experienced dentists who can deliver a wide range of services under one roof. We want you to feel relaxed and welcome in our office, which is why we offer nitrous oxide as well as oral conscious sedation to calm nervous patients. To find out whether sedation dentistry is right for you, contact us at 541-200-6747.