Dental Sedation

The Potential Side Effects of Dental Sedation and How to Counteract Them

While dental sedation is a safe and well-regarded practice, we believe it is our duty to give you a complete idea of the potential side effects if you choose to utilize it. Here are some useful tips for counteracting any adverse outcomes that you might experience after sedation.


Initial Confusion

The level of confusion you may feel after sedation will depend on the strength the dentist gives you. For an anti-anxiety medication, you might not be disoriented at all. On the other hand, stronger treatments may have side effects. No matter what, this feeling should not last a long time. What will likely happen is that you’ll stay seated for five to ten minutes after your appointment ends, and then you will regain your previous state of mind not long after. The best way to fight this effect is simply waiting for it to pass.



There is a good chance that your treatment will make you tired. While you may get your energy back later in the day, the best move is likely relaxing and taking a nap. You should feel fine once you wake up from it and you can get on with your regular life. This factor often prompts people to take a full or half day off after sedation, as sleeping is the best way to get rid of fatigue.


Mental Fog

After the initial confusion passes, you still might feel some mental fog effects for a few hours after your appointment. This process can be frustrating for some, especially if they have tasks to complete that same day. You can often get rid of this symptom by eating, drinking, and relaxing. Doing so should make it pass in just a couple of hours.



Sedation patients also experience headaches in rare cases. The best way to fight them is with over the counter pain medication. You must be careful, though, as taking these pills on an empty stomach can lead to other complications. The best way forward is usually to have a meal and then take the medicine after.



Lastly, some sedation patients feel nauseous when they come back to full consciousness. The first thing you can do to rid yourself of this feeling is to eat and drink whatever your stomach will allow. If this symptom persists for many hours after, you can also call your dentist and discuss getting a prescription to fight it.


Though you may experience initial confusion, fatigue, mental fog, headaches, or nausea after your dental sedation appointment, there are two reasons why you should not be afraid. The first is that these symptoms are both temporary and quite easy to counteract with the methods we talked about in this article. The second is that getting dental treatment is crucial for individuals who want to optimize their health. With the help of sedation, even people with severe dental anxiety can achieve that goal.
The Dental Anesthesia Center: Sedation and Sleep Dentistry

950 Francis Pl #305

Clayton, MO


(314) 862-7844

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