Fear and anxiety can be powerful and controlling factors that can negatively impact a person’s life in many ways. One area that may be affected is a person’s dental health as fear can be a huge deterrent from getting needed dental care. Thankfully, many dentists understand this and offer a solution: IV sedation dentistry.
Q: What is IV sedation dentistry?
IV sedation is a comfort treatment that allows patients with fears about dental treatment to receive the care they need with the help of sedation medication. IV means the sedation medication will be administered intravenously (though the veins) so that it can take immediate effect and only last as long as the dental procedure. The medication will put the patient into a deep state of relaxation to eliminate fears while allowing the patient to remain conscious so he or she may respond to questions and interact with the dentist.
However, after the treatment is over, most patients will have little or no recollection of the time period while they were under IV sedation.
Q: Who is a candidate for IV sedation?
Nearly anyone who faces anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist could be a candidate for IV sedation. However, a qualified dentist will need to review your medical history and other factors to determine if this is the best option to help you receive the treatment you need.
Q: What are the alternatives?
There are other dental sedation methods such as oral sedation or nitrous oxide available. You will need to work with a dentist to determine which sedation method will be best for you since some may be taken at home before the appointment and may require the help of a friend or relative while others are administered in the office itself.
Q: Who can perform IV sedation?
IV sedation may be performed only by a qualified and experienced dentist. Make sure any dental practice you receive IV sedation treatment from employs a specially qualified dentist to administer the treatment properly.
If your fears have been keeping you from giving your teeth care they need, ask a dentist in your area if IV sedation dentistry could be right for you.