There are many people who are not good candidates for sedation dentistry. For some people, the technique may come with significant risk.

Who Benefits from Sedation Dentistry

In order to be a candidate for sedation dentistry, you have to be a person who will actually get benefit. There are many ways that sedation dentistry can help you resolve issues that keep you from the dentist:

  • General dental anxiety
  • Specific anxiety brought on by certain procedures
  • Fear response to sights, sounds, or smells at the dental office
  • Inability to get numb with typical dental anesthesia
  • Excess pain during or after a dental visit
  • Sore jaw, stiff neck, or other tense muscles from a dental visit
  • Excessive gagging
  • Difficulty remaining still for an appointment
  • Difficulty sleeping before a dental appointment

Many people don’t realize that a lot of these are related to dental anxiety. People might think they can’t get numb or have excess pain because of their mouth or their teeth, but it’s partly in their brain, whose stress contributes to sensitivity. The same is true of excessive gagging, which is part of a stress response to dental work. And if you tense up during an appointment, it can make for sore muscles wherever your body tends to store its stress.

Sedation dentistry can also help people who need extensive dental work and want to have it all performed in a single appointment that is longer than they would normally be able to sit still for. For these people, sedation dentistry is a convenience more than anything.

Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is generally safe, but it has elevated risks for certain groups of people. Of course, people who are allergic to the medications used are not good candidates. Also, people with small body size often have difficulty getting a proper dose, and, along with highly sensitive people, may get excessive dose. Some drugs may also interact negatively with sedation drugs. If you have liver or kidney problems, drugs may be harmful. People with sleep apnea may also be poor candidates.

Candidate for Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is also generally safe, but it’s not a good choice for people with respiratory problems that can be triggered by irritation from the gas. If you have compromised health or certain nutrient deficiencies, nitrous oxide may not be the right choice. In addition, people with generally low blood oxygen levels are probably not good candidates for nitrous oxide.

Candidate for IV Sedation

IV sedation is really only recommended for people who are in good health, especially good cardiovascular health. Before undergoing a procedure with IV sedation, you should talk to your doctor about the risks for you.

We Can Tell If You’re a Candidate

The only way to know for sure whether you’re a candidate for any type of sedation dentistry is to talk to a sedation dentist. To schedule your appointment with an Orange County sedation dentist, please schedule a consultation at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.