What are the Side Effects for Dental Sedation?
Sedation side effects vary and do not occur in all cases. Factors that contribute to the presence of side effects include the uniqueness of the pediatric patient and the type of dental sedation involved. Some of the more common side effects that present are:
- Heavy Limbs
- Numbness of the tongue, cheek, and jaw
- Dry mouth
As previously stated, not all side effects present in all patients. It is however important that if you are not planning to be present for the procedure, to arrange transportation for your child. Even when they are old enough to legally drive, we ask that they do not attempt to do so following a procedure that involves sedation.
Ultimately, even after reviewing all our information about sedation dentistry provided here, we encourage you to discuss with us any concerns you may have about sedation dentistry and want you to feel comfortable asking questions.
The American Dental Association has put together a list of suggestions for questioning parents, you can find that list at this link, where a PDF format is also available for download. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics worked together to provide pediatric dentists with clear guidelines on the topic. If you would like to take a look at them, follow this link to the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please don’t hesitate to contact us!