What are the Risks of Sedation Dentistry?
The risks of dental sedation vary in commonality and severity, depending on the type of sedation used. With nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation, the risks will be minimal and most patients experience no ill effects. The most common side effect from nitrous oxide sedation is nausea. Some patients also do not achieve sufficient sedation with nitrous oxide. In addition, if you are unable to breathe through your nose for any reason, Nitrous Oxide sedation may not be the right option for you. With Oral Sedation and IV Sedation the risks, while uncommon, can be more severe. The patient may experience some grogginess, a drop in blood pressure or irregular heart beat. Very uncommon side effects could include heart failure, stroke and sometimes death. These however are very rare and are the same risks involved with general anesthesia. If the patient has any concerns with these issues, a short talk with their dentist should allay these fears.