People who experience high anxiety about going to the dentist will benefit from sedation dentistry. While under sedation, your anxiety levels will go down. Although it is safe for most patients, you should discuss any preexisting medical conditions with your dentist. Certain conditions may require slight changes in your care during and after sedation.
While under sedation, you may feel groggy and may not be alert enough to monitor things like blood sugar levels. If you have conditions like diabetes or hypoglycemia where you need to periodically check your blood sugar levels, alert your dentist. Your dental team will be able to remind you to check your levels while you are under sedation. It is also highly recommended that you have someone with you to remind you to check your levels after your visit, as it can take up to six hours for the effects of sedation to wear off.
Kidney and Liver Disease
Many of the medications that we take are processed and passed through the kidneys and liver. Your dental team needs to know if you suffer from these conditions so that appropriate medication can be selected for your needs. Your dentist will also be able to determine whether oral sedation or nitrous oxide is best for you. Nitrous oxide is sometimes used for people with liver and kidney problems because it will not pass through these organs.
Respiratory and Sinus Infection
Certain infections that may cause blockage in the sinuses may interfere with nitrous oxide sedation. In most cases these infections will not be a problem because dental sedation is usually accomplished through oral sedation instead of gas.
Perhaps one of the greatest risks with sedation dentistry is sleep apnea. Sometimes sedation can cause you to drift into a light doze. People suffering from sleep apnea experience periods where they stop breathing during sleep, which may happen during a sedation-induced doze. Your dental team needs to know about your sleep apnea so that they can assess whether or not you may require additional oxygen during your treatment.
Sedation dentistry may not be right for people suffering from respiratory diseases such as emphysema or bronchitis. Respiratory disease and infection can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine whether or not sedation is a good option.
Some Conditions Benefit from Oral Sedation
Sedation dentistry can be highly beneficial for people suffering from certain health conditions. For example, dental anxiety could cause unsafe heart rate increases for people suffering from heart disease. Sedation dentistry will keep you calm during dental work and keep your heart rate down. People suffering from epilepsy will also have safer dental visits because their responses to incoming stimuli will be drastically lowered, reducing the risk of seizure.
Your overall health is just as important as your oral health. To find out if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry, please call (407) 834-6446 to set up an appointment with Orlando sedation dentist, Dr. Michael L. Weinstock today.