If you’re someone who suffers from dental anxiety, low pain tolerance, extreme tooth sensitivity, or a movement disorder, going to the dentist can be extremely difficult. Many patients who suffer from these challenges or have a general dislike for the dentist are opting for sedation dentistry during their appointments. If you are interested in learning more about how IV sedation can calm your nerves and help you to relax during your next dental exam or procedure, you’ve come to the right place.
Sedation dentistry can help you to receive the care and attention your teeth need while keeping your nerves and anxiety in check.
How IV Sedation Works
If you’ve ever had a cavity filled, you’re familiar with local anesthesia. These shots of anesthetic will numb the treatment area so that you don’t experience pain during the procedure. However, for many patients, anesthesia alone is not enough to keep you relaxed. A general fear of needles can make receiving shots of anesthesia a stressful experience. Or perhaps you have a sensitive gag reflex and are nervous about having a choking sensation during treatment.
Patients in any of those situations and more greatly benefit from sedation dentistry. While anesthesia prevents pain signals from reaching your brain, sedation ensures that you remain calm before, during, and after your treatment. There are many different options for sedation, and our team will work with you to determine which one is appropriate for your needs and your anxiety level.
Who is a Candidate For Dental Sedation?
It’s important to note that you will need to speak with a member of our team to receive a personal recommendation for sedation. That said, certain groups benefit most from dental sedation. Some of these include:
- Patients with extreme tooth sensitivity or low pain tolerance.
- Patients with trauma from past negative dental procedures.
- Children who are uncomfortable with dental procedures and unable to sit still.
- Patients with a sensitive gag reflex who are uncomfortable having dental tools in their mouths.
- Restless individuals who are concerned about sitting in the dental chair for an extended period. This can be especially helpful for more involved procedures like implant placement or full mouth reconstruction.
With sedation dentistry, you have the opportunity to change your experience in the office. Even if you have had uncomfortable or negative dental treatments in the past, experiencing treatment anew with a fresh perspective will transform your overall anxiety. You will be able to move forward, knowing that dental care can be comfortable and even pleasant.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
Dental sedation can be used for a variety of different reasons, and there are many ways a patient can benefit.
Reduced Dental Anxiety
One of the top reasons we utilize dental sedation is to help patients who are exceptionally nervous or anxious about their appointment regardless of the treatment being performed. Some patients avoid visiting the dentist strictly because of their fears, and their teeth have suffered because of it.
Another primary reason why patients choose dental sedation is to help someone incapable of remaining still during a procedure. Those who cannot stay seated for prolonged periods without pain or small children who cannot sit still may benefit.
Dental sedation can allow someone to sleep, so the dentist can safely fix any dental issues without causing pain or trauma to the patient.
Types of Sedation Available From Elite Dental and Denture
Please keep in mind that if you are receiving sedation, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home from your appointment.
IV conscious sedation
This option induces a twilight state so that the patient is not asleep but is extremely calm. Patients are responsible for prompts and will not be unconscious. However, the procedure will seem to fly by, and time will pass quickly. IV sedation is ideal for patients with severe dental anxiety.
With this type of sedation, your dentist prescribes an anti-anxiety medication for you to take immediately before your appointment. You will be relaxed once you are in the dental chair and comfortable throughout the procedure. The medication is taken in a pill form, and the process is straightforward.
Nitrous is inhaled throughout your procedure, leading to a sense of calm, or euphoria. Nitrous has been in use as dental sedation for many years and is easy to control throughout the procedure so that you are in an ideal mental state.
If you are interested in sedation, contact Elite Dental and Denture PC today to discuss what type of sedation dentistry is the right choice for you and your dental anxiety needs.