Interferes with Anesthesia
One big problem with trying to use marijuana for your dental anxiety is that it can interfere with dental anesthesia. People under the influence of marijuana sometimes need more local anesthesia to get numb for dental treatment. This doesn’t just mean larger doses; it can come with increased risk because it can lead to difficulty breathing. In general, local anesthesia is safe, but rare complications become more likely with higher dosages and other chemicals in your system.
If the pain of dental treatment contributes to your dental anxiety, this makes marijuana a bad choice before your dental appointment.
On the other hand, sedation dentistry works well with anesthesia. It doesn’t interfere with the anesthesia and may even offer some pain relief of its own.