Sedation dentistry: Will I feel groggy after my treatment is over?

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Sedation dentistry is a helpful approach to anesthetic that ensures your comfort during even complicated dental work. Because the sedative can remain in your system for a short time after your procedure, you may feel groggy after you’re finished. For this reason it’s generally a good idea to have someone drive you home after any dental procedure that involves sedation.

Sedation Dentistry and How It Works

Most dental procedures, such as restorations like fillings and crowns, are performed under local anesthetic. An anesthetic is injected into the nerve that serves the part of the jaw where the tooth is located. This ensures that you will feel no discomfort during your procedure, but some people still feel very anxious and panicky during dental work. This could be because they have had bad experiences at the dentist in the past.

If you suffer from dental anxiety or have had problems with local anesthetic, you might feel much better if you use sedation during your next procedure. While your dentist will still administer a local anesthetic, he will also provide a substance that will place you in a very relaxed, dreamlike state.

What Type of Sedation Dentistry Is Right for Me

You and your dentist will discuss what type of sedation dentistry is the best choice for you. Your doctor might have a preference based on his own experience or the type of procedure you’re having done. You might also have a preference based on your own past experience with sedation.

The three main types of sedation are:

  • Oral sedation, in which your dentist provides a prescription sedative
  • Nitrous oxide, which you breathe during the course of the procedure
  • Intravenous sedation, in which sedation is provided with an IV

Some people are comfortable enough after using nitrous oxide that they can drive home by themselves. However, if you have oral sedation or intravenous sedation it’s very important to have someone drive you home after your procedure. If you have any reservations at all about your ability to get home on your own, arrange to have someone take you.

For more tips, contact our knowledgeable team at Parker-Nickolas-Read Dental today!