Do you suffer from dental anxiety? You are not alone. Many people avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid. Dental anxiety can keep people from getting the oral health care they need. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation that is delivered through your bloodstream. While this form of sedation doesn’t put you into a deep state of sleep, it does help you manage feelings of anxiety and discomfort during your appointment. This form of sedation also makes you less aware of the sights, sounds and smells associated with your treatment. Because you are relaxed throughout your procedure, your dentist is able to work more efficiently so you can get in and out of the office faster.
IV sedation is best suited for patients who are suffering from moderate to severe levels of anxiety or who are undergoing longer treatments. During your initial consultation, we will review your medical history and help determine if this sedation method is right for you.
The benefits of receiving sedation for dental treatments are many, especially for patients who are afraid of the dentist or the procedures they need to undergo. There are many options to consider when it comes to sedation, but an intravenous solution is best because it allows patients to drop off to sleep during their treatment. Patients have no memory of their procedure, and if they are nervous about their appointment, they don’t have to worry about feeling pain during it.
When a patient is sedated with a pill or tablet, they can still feel the sensations of being at the dentist’s office. This can make them nervous or upset, which can make the procedure uncomfortable for them. With IV sedation, patients are monitored by the doctor throughout the entire process to ensure that they receive the proper amount of medication to keep them relaxed throughout the treatment. This means that they will have little to no memory of the procedure once it is done. Patients who undergo this form of sedation often say that it was the most comfortable experience they have ever had at the dentist’s office.
Another benefit of IV sedation is that it is fast acting. This means that the patient doesn’t even have to sit in the chair for a few minutes before the sedatives take effect. After they are hooked up to the IV line and injected with the medication, they will immediately begin to feel the effects of being sedated. This allows them to relax before even sitting in the chair for their procedure.
Many patients who have anxieties about their dental procedures worry that they will be awake for the entire duration of the procedure. Luckily, this isn’t the case with IV sedation. It allows patients to fall asleep so that they wake up when their procedure is over, and everything is completed. Even people who have had bad experiences at the dentist’s office in the past find that IV sedation can help them feel at ease while undergoing treatment.
To learn more about our dental procedures or to schedule your appointment for dental checkups, call Whitlow Dental Care at (559)441-7700.