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IV Sedation Dentistry

Among the most common phobias and fears, visiting the dentist often ranks high on the list of causing many people severe anxiety and stress. For a growing number of people, this anxiety causes people to postpone and cancel their regular dental check ups. By foregoing dental visits people are missing out on their necessary cleanings and dental exams and are becoming more and more susceptible to periodontal disease, gingivitis, and other oral issues. Luckily there has been a rise of awareness of those with dental phobias. If you find yourself feeling anxious about the thought of keeping your scheduled dental appointment and are thinking about canceling your appointment, you should know that a safe, comfortable relaxation method is available for you.

IV sedation dentistry allows dentists to have control over a patient’s relaxation level so that they can tailor the sedation to a patient’s needs. Some patients just need something to “take the edge off” of their anxiety, and a small amount of sedation is necessary. Other patients find that they need to be fully put to sleep in order for the dentist to do a thorough cleaning and exam (and any other necessary oral procedure), and they are given a higher level of sedation for them to fall asleep completely.

People’s levels of anxiety generally help to determine dosage, which in turn determines their consciousness level during their dental appointments. A responsible adult who can drive patients to and from their appointment and who can spend some time with them after their appointment until the sedative wears off is required for all patients who undergo sedation dental appointments.

If you find that you would rather cancel your dental appoint than keep it due to fear or anxiety, talk to your dentist about IV sedation. Through a consultation, your dentist can gage your anxiety level and help determine the level of sedation you will need for a successful, comfortable cleaning.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



What is Conscious Sedation?

Your dentist may have recommended that you or a family member receive conscious sedation for an upcoming dental procedure.  Oftentimes, this is recommended if the procedure is lengthy, or if the patient has anxiety related to the procedure.

Conscious sedation dentistry, sometimes called moderate sedation, works by relaxing the body and allowing the individual to be comfortable during dental procedures. Conscious sedation can be administered through a pills, medications in the vein, or with gas that you breathe in. Pills that are used for conscious sedation are generally taken immediately upon arrival at the dentist office, or right before leaving home. You will need someone to drive you if you have taken this medication prior to leaving home. Medications given through the vein (called IV medications) will require that a small needle be placed in your vein and a small amount of medication administered this way. Gas, most often nitrous oxide, requires simply inhaling gas through a mask. All types of conscious sedation can be enhanced throughout the procedure if it appears the effects are wearing off.

If you are considering conscious sedation, you should know that millions of procedures have been performed safely in dental offices across the country. However, not all dentists perform conscious sedation, so make sure to ask about experience prior to scheduling your appointment. You want a dentist who has received additional education, training and experience in delivery of these special medications so that they will know how to keep you safe and how to monitor you throughout the procedure.

You may not be able to drive home after conscious sedation. Check with your dentist to find out if you will be safe to drive, or if you will need a friend or family member to pick you up.

If you are afraid of going to the dentist or an upcoming dental procedure, talk to your dentist about using conscious sedation.

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