Benefits Of IV Sedation Dentistry

Fear of the dentist is one of the most common reasons why people do not visit the dentist yearly. For many, thinking about the dentist brings thoughts about pain and anxiety. It is not surprising that so many people only visit the dentist when something goes very wrong with their teeth. This should not be the case especially when IV sedation dentistry is available to make the experience a lot more comfortable.

IV Sedation Dentistry

IV sedation dentistry is conscious sedation that helps you to feel relaxed during your appointment. You will not be put to sleep during the sedation. You will still be aware of what is happening around you and be able to obey verbal commands. It is different from other forms of sedation where you inhale a gas or take a pill. With IV sedation dentistry, sedation is done intravenously through your vein. It will start working very quickly, and your dentist can monitor your vital signs and adjust the dosage accordingly.

Preparing for IV Sedation

You will be required to wear comfortable clothes and to avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 6 to 8 hours before sedation. You may need to stop taking some of your medication a few days prior to visiting your dentist. Make sure that you have a driver ready to take you to the appointment and to pick you up.

During the Procedure

When you're in the dental chair your dentist will place an IV in your hand or arm. If you are in need of other medications such as pain relievers your dentist will administer these through the IV as well. Your blood pressure and other vital signs will be monitored.

After the Procedure

Once the dental procedure is over you will feel drowsy for a few hours. This is why you need a driver. For at least 24 hours you will need to avoid strenuous activities. You should not drink alcohol or take any medications that have not been approved by your dentist. Your dentist will give you specific post-procedure instructions that you will take home with you. If you notice anything unusual contact your dentist immediately.

There is no need to fear going to the dentist when IV sedation is available to make you feel comfortable. With IV sedation many people do not even remember much about the procedure itself or feel pain. If your dental anxiety is making your teeth suffer ask your dentist about this option.

Talk to a dentist for more information about sedation dentistry.