How Does IV Sedation Dentistry Work?

added on: June 20, 2021

IV sedation refers to the giving of an anti-anxiety medication through the blood during a treatment. Sometimes, intravenous sedation dentistry is called “sleep” or ‘twilight’ dentistry. Instead of putting patients to sleep, the mild sedative helps them feel at peace and relaxed. While this sedation method allows patients to react to the dental professional’s questions, they often have little to no recollection of the treatment when the sedation wears off. sedation oral treatment

How does IV sedation work?

Before the dental procedure, your blood pressure is checked and your dentist will insert a thin needle into a vein on your arm or hand. The needle is attached to an IV tube that distributes the sedative into your bloodstream. While sedated, the dentist will observe your oxygen levels and pulse to ensure your body is responding well to the medication. After treatment,   your blood pressure is checked once again, and you may feel a bit groggy. For that reason, it is important to have a friend or family member drive you home. It also is recommended that you take an entire day off from school or work to ensure you get enough rest as you allow the effects of sedation to wear off.

Benefits of IV sedation dentistry

Intravenous sedation dentistry can be beneficial for many patients who fear “the chair”. Here’s a look at reasons why:

  • There’s a low risk of side effects and often less pain after the treatment.
  • The amnesic state experienced by the patient during intravenous sedation leaves them with little to no recollection of what occurred during the treatment.
  • The dental provider may perform multiple procedures in a single visit. Patients who require extensive dental care may obtain treatments in fewer trips. This can help alleviate apprehension and fear related to dental work while reducing dental care expenses, in some cases.
  • Intravenous sedation is appropriate for those who have a strong gag reflex.
  • The effects of sedatives administered via the bloodstream are accomplished in a shorter time.

Questions to ask about your dental treatment recommendations 

If you’re in need of oral treatment and choosing Phelps Family Dentistry, you can rest assured we’re here to help ease any anxiety you may have. We encourage you to speak with the dentist about sedation. Here are some questions you may want to discuss:

Which kind of sedation is right for my situation?

When it comes to sedation, there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution for every patient. Asking your oral surgeon or dentist about the types of sedation they offer will help you make a choice.

Is sedation right for me?

During the consultation, the team at Phelp Family Dentistry helps you assess all of your available solutions for sedation.We take into consideration your health, age, the cause of your anxiety (i.e. past trauma, childhood fears), particular concerns you have about the treatment, physical discomforts, possible drug interactions and all other things you might have in mind.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Today’s dental sedation techniques are more effective and safer than a decade ago. However, it is still important to understand the potential side effects. We’ll discuss these during your consultation.

If you have any other questions regarding your treatment recommendations or sedation methods our Wilmington dentists offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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