Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Getting anesthesia always has a risk factor involved. When an experienced and qualified sedation dentist is the one to administer it, then it is usually safe. There are certain types of individuals, such as people that have sleep apnea or are overweight who may need to consult and talk with their doctors before undergoing sedation. This is because they may be more likely to experience complications coming from the anesthesia.
There are various types of sedation used and it is very important to be certain that your dentist is qualified and specially trained to administer the kind of sedation that you will receive. To minimize the risks further and take the role of being a smart patient, you may go over the things and make sure that the following procedures are done:
- Your dentist should check your medical history thoroughly before the actual procedure. He or she should also ascertain and make sure that you are a fitting candidate for sedation and ask you additional questions for any medication that you are currently taking.
- You should determine the appropriate dose for the sedative based on your overall health and age. You may also check if the dosage is the same as recommended by the FDA.
- You may also ask your dentist the following questions: How much training has he or she had? How many sedation procedures has he or she performed in total? This will give you an idea of how experienced your dentist is in administering sedatives.
You should also be given a form that provides a complete detail and the risks that come with the procedure. Read it and go over it with your dentist, and make sure to ask any question or clarification for some of the wordings that may be unclear.
The dentist will monitor your vital signs all throughout the procedure, following American Dental Association guidelines. Oxygen, or artificial ventilation should be on hand at all times and drugs that will reverse sedation effects ready in the case that you might need them.
To find out whether sedation dentistry is right for you, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (208) 522-1164 or contact us online.