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The use of sedation in dentistry has been around since the late 1800s, when nitrous oxide was first introduced into dental practices.

Over the years, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation have all allowed patients to experience pain-free dentistry and have helped eliminate a fear of the dentist.

The benefits of sedation dentistry are extraordinary – we see them in our dental office every day!

But there can be side effects with each of the types of sedation for dentistry.  Below is general information. During a free consultation, we can talk to you about your specific situation, including your level of anxiety, your dental history, and your medical history.

IV Sedation (General Anesthesia)
In dentistry, we administer IV sedation through an IV that’s placed in your arm. While you’re receiving IV sedation, you’ll be completely unconscious.

Side effects of IV sedation in dentistry include:

  • feeling nauseous
  • appetite loss
  • walking unsteadily
  • inability to concentrate
  • lack of coordination

Oral Sedation (Conscious Sedation)
In dentistry, we administer oral sedation by giving you a pill before your treatment. The oral sedative causes you to be less aware of your surroundings, but still conscious. Time will seem to pass quickly, and after your dental appointment, you’ll have little or no memory of it.

Side effects of oral sedation in dentistry include:

  • feeling nauseous
  • appetite loss
  • walking unsteadily
  • inability to concentrate
  • lack of coordination

Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)
In dentistry, laughing gas is administered through a nosepiece. You breathe in the gas during your dental treatment. Once treatment is completed, we switch over to 100% oxygen, to bring you back to full alertness. Laughing gas can help relax you, making dental appointments easier.

Side effects of laughing gas include:

  • feeling euphoric or happy (which is how nitrous oxide became known as laughing gas)
  • vertigo
  • dizziness
  • feeling nauseous

For information about the side effects of sedation dentistry, or to schedule a free consultation or appointment, please call our office near you:

Mesa My Time Dental Center, near Dobson and Guadalupe Rd, (480) 493-0046

Please note: At our dental offices, which are in Mesa, we accept most types of dental insurance and are in network (preferred providers) for most major providers.