With sedation dentistry in Atlanta from Goldstein Garber & Salama, our doctors can make sure you’re always safe and comfortable while you get the treatment you need at our office. To find out which sedation option may suit you, schedule an appointment today!
General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation, and is usually used only for major oral surgeries. You will be completely unconscious and will require the use of a ventilator to breathe properly.
Laughing gas has very minor side effects. The sedation wears off within about 5 minutes after you stop breathing the gas. You may feel a bit confused or dizzy, or have a headache or feel slightly nauseous. However, these effects wear off quickly. You can drive yourself home or back to work after treatment, and resume your day-to-day routine.
Compared to laughing gas, oral conscious and IV sedation have more intense side effects that usually last 4-6 hours. Your ability to operate a car will be impaired, for example, so you’ll need to have someone drive you to and from our office. You may also feel nauseated, dizzy, sluggish, and have slow reflexes. It’s also common to not remember your procedure.
You will typically start to experience side effects of general anesthesia as soon as you come out of your unconscious state and wake up. Since this is the deepest level of sedation, it also typically has more side effects than other methods.
However, general anesthesia is still completely safe when administered by a professional, and these side effects should lessen and disappear quickly. Patients may experience side effects including confusion, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, a sore throat, chills and shivering, muscle aches, and bladder problems.