Risks of sedating
Dental sedation is effective because it depresses some of the senses which pick up pain or discomfort in our bodies.
However, this can lead to risks as other functions in your body can be depressed as well.
This can include a depression of reflexes which your body uses to alert yourself or others to pain, a depression of your respiratory functions or a depression of your cardiovascular system.
Possible risks which you should consider if you are having dental sedation include: There are also many risks associated with over-sedation, which is essentially a form of drug overdose.
You should always discuss the possible risks, side-effects and complications of dental sedation with your medical practitioner if you have doubts or are worried about them.
They will be able to inform you of what the specific risks are with your circumstances and reassure you.
Sedatives can be misused to produce an overly-calming effect (alcohol being the classic and most common sedating drug).
In the event of an overdose or if combined with another sedative, many of these drugs can cause unconsciousness (see hypnotic) and even death.
The cat was only saved by prompt administration of adrenaline.Although sedatives do not relieve pain in themselves, they can be a useful adjunct to analgesics in preparing patients for surgery, and are commonly given to patients before they are anaesthetized, or before other highly uncomfortable and invasive procedures like cardiac catheterization, colonoscopy or MRI.They increase tractability and compliance of children or troublesome or demanding patients.There is some overlap between the terms "sedative" and "hypnotic".Advances in pharmacology have permitted more specific targeting of receptors, and greater selectivity of agents, which necessitates greater precision when describing these agents and their effects: Doctors often administer sedatives to patients in order to dull the patient's anxiety related to painful or anxiety-provoking procedures.