I tend to be a worrier. I’ll admit that up front. But, this time I think I really have reason. I’ve read a story online about a child that recently died during dental sedation. People tend to be more careful with children. If this child died, how can I feel safe?
Leslie M. – Oklahoma
As I’m sure you know as a natural worrier, there is risk in everything. However, sedation dentistry is very safe. It’s rare for a dentist to even see an issue in their entire careers, let alone anything serious.
The greatest risk comes when a patient goes under general anesthesia. Hardly any dentist even use this form of sedation. Most use something called oral conscious sedation. You’re actually awake but completely relaxed and pain-free. Though most patients sleep through the procedure, because they’re so relaxed, you’re capable of staying awake and communicating with the dentist and staff.
To put your mind at ease, you could speak to your dentist about your concerns and ask him what type of training he’s received for sedation. Ask what training he’s had if complications do arise. He should be able to answer these questions readily.
For instance, Dr. Theriot is certified with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). Fewer than 10% of dentists have put forth the effort to complete this level of training.
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