Some of these drugs can affect your liver and heart. It’s important to check with your practitioner and/or pharmacist. You should be sure to inform your doctor or dentist if any of the following apply: known allergy to the drug, narrow-angle glaucoma, pregnancy, severe respiratory disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), impaired kidney or liver function, depression/bipolar disorder/psychoses, chronic bronchitis and some other conditions. It’s also important to let us know if you are taking other medications. There could be possible drug interactions.
Sedation scales are used in medical situations in conjunction with a medical history in assessing the applicable degree of sedation in patients in order to avoid under-sedation (the patient risks experiencing pain or distress) and over-sedation (the patient risks side effects such as suppression of breathing, which might lead to death). Typically, levels are (i) agitation, (ii) calm, (iii) responsive to voice alone, (iv) responsive to tactile stimulation, (v) responsive to painful stimulation only, and (vi) unresponsive to painful stimulation.
General anaesthesia side-effects are mostly temporary. After having a general anaesthetic, one may have a sore throat, a headache, or feel tired and confused for a couple of days. Uncommon complications include chest infections and difficulty breathing, damage to teeth, lips or tongue. Serious complications as a result of anaesthesia do occur, but they are extremely rare such as damage to the eyes, serious allergic reactions to medications, and nerve damage. It's estimated that serious complications result in 1 death in every 162,000 cases to 1 in every million cases in dental offices. See the mortality rates in dentistry page to read how this figure was determined.