Sedation Dentistry is very safe. In fact in many cases it is more safe than dentistry done without sedation. Sedation Dentistry is done by a dentist who has specific additional training involving a residency in a hospital under the supervision of a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Additionally, the Sedation Dentist must pass a very difficult written test and an oral exam administered by the Maryland State Board. Finally, the State Board examines the facility of the Sedation Dentist to determine that the dental office if adequately equipped to deliver Sedation Dentistry safely.
Clinically, Sedation Dentistry can be safer, because an anxious patient can be kept comfortable, still and sleep peacefully through the procedure hence the term Sleep Dentistry. Patients who are comfortable do not move during procedures and are less likely to get cut by dental instruments when moving in response to a fear. With less tension, it is easier to control blood pressure and the dentist can deliver care faster, smoother and more effectively and in fact more safely.