Even though most dental appointments aren’t painful experiences, it is common for patients to be fearful of dentistry. Both dental anxiety and dental phobia are unpleasant and uncomfortable and will adversely affect your oral health, which can ultimately affect your overall quality of life.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or phobia, sedation dentistry is a great solution for comforting and accommodating the faint of heart. At Smiles Dental, we have three main types of sedation available: nitrous oxide, oral sedation and intravenous conscious sedation (also known as IV sedation). But for the scope of this blog article, we’ll be describing IV sedation.
IV sedation is when a drug is administered directly into the blood system during a dental procedure, in order to reduce the patient’s anxiety.
During conscious IV sedation, the patient remains conscious and can even understand and respond to requests from the dentist. Interestingly, the patient may not recall anything that occurred during the procedure because the sedation induces a state of deep relaxation to the point that the patient experiences a care-free feeling and isn’t bothered by the procedure.
Also, IV sedation drugs produce partial or full amnesia from the period of time that the sedation takes effect until it wears off.
The word “intravenous” means the drug is administered into a vein. Many patients are also afraid of needles, but we use an extremely thin needle that is inserted into your arm or the back of your hand into a vein that’s close to the surface of the skin. The tiny needle is wrapped in a soft, plastic tube. We remove the needle, leaving the tube in the vein throughout the procedure.
IV sedation is quite safe when it is performed under the direct supervision of a specially trained dentist like ours. If you are jittery when it comes to the dentist’s chair, then sedation dentistry is a great solution for you. Come in and relax with us. We take care of you.