IV Sedation Dentistry
Dental anxiety and dental phobia are real and affect millions of people all over the globe. In fact, over 25 percent of people miss dental checkups because they have a fear of the dentist.
Thankfully, the Dental Views offer IV Sedation for patients who are skipping dental appointments because they can’t stand to sit in the chair.
IV Sedation and How it Works
While IV sedation will not put you to sleep, it will help you feel relaxed. Referred to as conscious sedation you won’t have any idea of what is going on or what your dentist is doing in your mouth. However, you are able to respond to requests. Unlike Nitrous oxide or pill sedation, IV sedation is administered intravenously through your blood vein.
The Benefits of IV Sedation
IV sedation works right away keeping you pain free
Your vitals are easily monitored for dosage,
You won’t’ remember anything about the experience.
Multiple procedures in a single dental visit,
Are you a Good Fit for IV Sedation?
Your candidacy depends on your overall health. The Dental Views will go over your medical history and medication, including alternative medicine, before making a decision about IV sedation.
Older people who have health issues may need to schedule an appointment with a primary care physician before proceeding with IV sedation.
Good Candidates Include:
People who suffer from extreme dental phobia,
Patients who require more time in the dentist’s chair,
People who request multiple dental procedures during the same appointment.
Patients who have a gag reflex,
People who are claustrophobic,
Preparing for IV Sedation
Because you will be groggy after your appointment, you will need to find someone who can take you to and from the dental practice as well.
What to Expect During Sedation
While you are having treatment, your vitals, including blood pressure, breathing and pulse are constantly monitored. While you are under IV sedation, you won’t be aware of smells, sights, or sounds.
After IV Sedation
You will need about 24 hours to recuperate from IV sedation. This means no alcohol, heavy machinery operation, or unapproved meds.
While complications are quite rare it is imperative that you contact The Dental Views immediately if something doesn’t seem right.
IV Sedation for Dental Anxiety
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