August 4, 2017
When given the choice between going to the dentist or jumping off a cliff, many people will simply start running for the cliff, no questions asked! Dental phobia is a very real thing, and every year, it prevents millions of Americans from getting their essential dental care. Because of this, more and more dentists are now choosing to use sedation to help their more anxious patients. When you go to visit a sedation dentist, they’ll be able to utilize a variety of safe and effective techniques to calm your nerves and protect you from discomfort. One of these techniques, which is often the best option for the most fearful patients, is IV sedation.
Who Could Benefit From IV Sedation
IV sedation is one of the strongest forms of sedation dentists can use, and it enables them to treat apprehensive patients while keeping them completely comfortable. IV sedation is able to help patients who might:
- Be terrified of going to the dentist
- Have physical problems that prevent them from sitting in the chair comfortably
- Have a sensitive gag reflex
- Need extensive dental work completed in one visit
How IV Sedation Works
IV sedation actually starts with the patient; if they feel nervous about visiting the dentist, they should let the doctor know so they can take steps to accommodate them. After talking with the patient and hearing their concerns, a dentist will decide on which sedation method would best meet their needs.
With IV sedation, a powerful sedative is administered via a small, painless injection in the hand or arm. It is extremely fast acting, so almost immediately a patient will feel very relaxed, warm, and drowsy. In some cases, patients are actually able to fall asleep during their appointment, but most often, they are able to stay conscious and respond to the doctor’s commands. However, they’ll likely have little to no memory of their procedure afterward (which is just perfect for some patients). The best part about this method is that it allows the dentist to adjust a patient’s sedation level in real time, so it’s very simple for the doctor to make sure they’re comfortable during their entire appointment.
With IV sedation, a patient will need an escort to drive them to and from the office the day of their procedure as well as someone to keep an eye on them at home afterward until the sedative wears off. Typically, a patient should feel completely normal by the next morning.
Is IV Sedation Right For You?
If just the thought of going to the dentist is enough to make you tense up, IV sedation could be exactly what you need. Simply contact a sedation dentist in your area and let them know how you feel about receiving dental care, and they’ll work with you to make sure your next appointment is the easiest, smoothest dental experience of your life. After that, you’ll be able to maintain your dental care without any worry or fear, and that’s something truly worth smiling about.
About the Author
Dr. Brenda Gong is a general, restorative, and sedation dentist based in Angier, NC. She prides herself on being able to help even the most fearful patients relax, and she works hard every day to make sure all of her patients always feel comfortable and safe in her office. She currently practices at Accent Family Dentistry, and she can be reached through her website or by phone at (919) 639-3911.
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