Is Sedation Risky for Patients with Pre-Existing Medical Conditions?

At your appointment, we will decide which sedation option is the best for you based on any pre-existing medical conditions.

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Sedation dentistry is something that may sound intimidating. But thanks to more sedation medications, there are many ways to relax a patient regardless of their age or any pre-existing medical conditions. If you are worried about being sedated for a dental procedure because you have breathing issues or cardiac issues, or you fear that your child is too young for sedation, you are not overreacting. There are some pre-existing conditions that can make specific types of sedation riskier.

Any time you use sedation, you slow down the respiratory rate. If someone has a hard enough time with oxygen due to a medical illness or chronic disease, that can put them at a greater risk for complications. If you discuss it with your dental anesthesiologist, there are many ways to keep you comfortable and still safe. Depending on the extent of your dental procedure and what your health condition is, a happy medium can be found that won’t put you at risk but will effectively make things go much more smoothly.

Oral Sedation

Although it’s not always appropriate for extensive dental work, oral sedation is an excellent way to take away some of the pain and anxiety that can come with treatment. If you are having a minor procedure, then oral sedation is a great way to manage it. It also comes with very few risks. If you are already at high risk due to a medical condition, then oral sedation may be right for you.

If You Need IV Sedation

If you are having extensive work done, then there might be times when IV sedation is the best way to go. Although sedation can come with risks, the anesthesiologist will be there to ensure that you are highly monitored, and if they know about your condition ahead of time, they will be able to anticipate any additional risks that might come with your illness. If you are worried about your child being too young for sedation, make sure that you are working with an anesthesiologist who specializes in children. They have the training necessary to ensure that your child is safe while having dental work done.

The Only Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologists in Missouri

When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Hoffmann, Dr. Thoms, or Dr. Behl will decide which sedation option is the best for you, depending on any pre-existing medical conditions, anxiety level, and cooperation. We look forward to meeting you. Call us at (314) 862-7844, and one of our friendly team members will be happy to speak with you or simply make an appointment online.

Updated: January 31, 2024

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