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Is it safe to have sedation dentistry just to take out a cavity?

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Dr. Kini Tran
Dentistry 18 years experience
Yes: Yes it is safe. Sedation is usually use for patients with high anxiety. It helps with patient relaxation and allows for the procedure to be completed smoothly for the patient with partial amnesia effects of the procedure. There is sedation with nitrous oxide, oral sedation, combo of nitrous and oral sedation, and IV conscious sedation.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Of course without proper training in advanced life support, where one requires perhaps an EKG tape and a pulse oximeter and full crash cart, would be advisable for any IV sedation. IV sedation to remove a filling seems A LITTLE excessive. No, as any one who deals with anesthesiology, ask them if things can and DO occasionally go wrong. I assure they very rarely, but definitely do.
Sep 9, 2013
Dr. Robert Devin
Dr. Robert Devin commented
Dentistry 47 years experience
Yes. Anxiety reduction is a key to many patient treatment success. Discuss your concerns with your DDS and decide which of many anxiety lessening treatment is best for you.
Nov 17, 2013
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry 20 years experience
Yes: It is safe to have sedation dentistry to take out a filling or surgery but only if the individual is properly trained, have proper equipment for monitoring the patient, and also appropriate emergency medications and equipment for possible complications. Make sure you ask anyone thoroughly the process and if need be, their level of sedation training and equipment.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: It is safe to be sedated.
Dr. Michael Mulick
General Practice 26 years experience
Yes: Sedation detistry is very safe. Sedation is used on patients with high anxiety and many offices will specialize in sedating patients for dentistry. Find a dentist with a lot of sedation experience. There are different types of sedation to consider... From oral pills to nitrous oxide to IV sedation.
Dr. Arman Dayan
Cosmetic Dentistry 33 years experience
Yes: Oral sedation would be safe if your health is good.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Up to you: I always recommend the least amount of anesthesia for the necessary treatment. Depending upon your level of anxiety and the nature of the treatment, you may choose to have only local. Some patients get a person to drive them and take a relaxant before the appointment - not asleep, but relaxed. Others need conscious sedation. Whatever you need, be sure it is not too much and the provider is trained.
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
Dentistry 19 years experience
Yes : Sedation dentistry is safe as long as the dentist follows all mandatory protocols and the patient disclosed all relevant medical information to the dentist.
Dr. James Anderson
Dentistry 19 years experience
Yes: Sedation dentistry is very safe. I prefer to hire a nurse anesthetist to monitor your sedation and let the dentist do the surgery--just like in a hospital setting. The surgeon usually isn't putting you to sleep at the same time.
Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
Yes: Yes sedation dentistry can be very safe and effective.
Dr. Matthew Church
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
Yes: Some medications and medical conditions may keep patients from having sedation performed. When patients are approved for sedation, they can use it for anything they need to improve their oral health. Some patients use sedation for long periods of time in the dental chair during restorative work or for simple cleanings and examinations, depending on their levels of anxiety.
Dr. Hunter Smart
Dentistry 8 years experience
Yes: Yes, it should be safe as long as the dentist is properly trained and equipped to handle a sedated patient. Sedation can be quite effective and is a great method to employ if a patient is very anxious.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Sedation: It's a choice, eliminate the infection or run the risk of damage to other organ systems. The infected tooth cannot be ignored. If you and your Dentist decide that sedation will make the procedure more comfortable for you and aid in infection elimination, go for it. Safety statistics are very positive.

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