Many people experience dental anxiety, or a fear of visiting a dental office. This may develop because of a bad experience as a child, fear of needles, embarrassment over the state of your teeth, or fear of pain. Patients with dental anxiety may even avoid visiting a dentist altogether, which is very bad for their oral health in the long run. However, you can relax at our office because we offer sedation options that will allow you to have a more comfortable dental experience. After discussing your fears, we will be able to find a treatment plan that is just right for your needs.
We offer IV sedation or conscious sedation as a safe and effective way to give you the treatment you need without inducing anxiety.
IV Sedation Dentistry
IV sedation is when drugs are administered intravenously and are used to make you feel less anxious and more relaxed.
- The sedative is given by injection into a vein (intravenous) in the arm or back of the hand.
- You are not asleep but in a much safer and more comfortable semi-awake state of relaxation.
- You are still able to communicate verbally and respond to a light touch.
- This is not a general anesthetic and it does not make you unconscious.
- You need no medical assistance to maintain adequate breathing and heart function.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Conscious sedation is a means by which we help anxious patients feel calm during their appointments. Like its name suggests, you will not fall asleep while using sedation; you will simply feel very relaxed.
Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding sedation:
Will I feel anything during my treatment?
Most patients don’t feel anything when we use IV sedation. Instead, they wake up from their procedure very relaxed and comfortable. They usually don’t have any memory of the treatment.
Is sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious?
Sedation dentistry will not make you unconscious. You will be completely relaxed, conscious, and responsive.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Both oral conscious sedation and IV sedation are very safe and effective ways to give you the smile you deserve without causing anxiety. It is important to discuss your concerns with your dentist so that you can decide which sedation option will work for you.
How long will it take for the sedation to wear off?
How long you are drowsy depends on several factors including how much medication or sedative we use, how long you are being treated, and how your body responds to the medicine. You shouldn’t drive after your treatment if you get sedation. It is also important that you don’t drink alcohol or operate machinery until you feel normal.
Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
We will use sedation dentistry for any patients (even children) who are worried about going to the dentist. We can use it whenever you have anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist, especially if you have had a traumatic experience at a dentist’s office in the past.
Oral sedation can also be helpful if you are scared of needles and shots. Also, many people struggle with gagging when they are at the dentist, so this would be a great option for them as the relaxing effects of the medication help reduce the gag reflex. It is also helpful for those who want to have more than one procedure performed at a time to get the smile they want. Anyone who wants to have a comfortable experience at our office can have one with sedation.
If you have any additional questions about IV sedation, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (972) 436-2431.