Does the idea of going to the dentist send a shiver down your spine? If so, you’re not alone! According to the American Dental Association, 22% of people in the US skip their dental appointments due to fear. Thankfully, your dentist offers IV sedation – one of a few sedation options that allows you to stay cool, calm, and collected throughout your visit. But how can you know if IV sedation is right for you? Read on to learn the answer!
IV Sedation: A Review
IV sedation is one of various treatments in sedation dentistry that allows patients to feel relaxed and at ease. Instead of inhaling gas or taking a pill, your dentist will administer the sedative intravenously for strong, fast-acting results. This form of sedation is incredibly popular because it is stronger than nitrous oxide but not as involved as general anesthesia. While it’s quite common for patients to drift off during IV sedation, you will not be put completely to sleep. Instead, you will feel happy and less aware of your surroundings. If you do catch some shuteye, you can easily be woken up with a light tap.
The Benefits of IV Sedation
IV sedation is popular because of its many benefits, including:
- Effectiveness: IV sedation works as soon as it enters your blood stream, and it allows you to feel minimal to no pain throughout your appointment.
- Personalization: Your dentist will monitor your vitals throughout your visit, and they can adjust your level of sedation based on your specific needs.
- Convenience: IV sedation makes it easier to cooperate for longer periods of time, giving your dentist the ability to complete multiple treatments in just one appointment.
- Amnesia: This treatment allows you to forget or barely remember what occurred during the appointment, which is preferred by most patients who are anxious or fearful.
Is This Type of Sedation Right for You?
Before scheduling your IV sedation, your dentist will review your medical history, medication use, and overall health. If you are older or have a significant medical condition, it’s a good idea to visit your primary care physician before getting IV sedation. That said, you may be a good candidate for this type of sedation if you:
- Have moderate to high dental fear or anxiety
- Need dental work that could be potentially painful
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Need longer or various dental procedures
Your dentist will always know what’s right for your health, which is why they will ultimately be the best resource for determining whether IV sedation is right for you.
Ready to overcome your dental fear? It’s possible thanks to IV sedation! Contact your dentist to get the dental care you deserve without the anxiety that comes with it.
About the Practice
At Dental Wellness of Lexington, we have a team of 3 dentists who combine their training and expertise to offer a variety of sedation options, including IV sedation. In fact, Dr. Anthony Feck co-founded the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), where he is the Dean of Faculty and Clinical Director for IV sedation. For any questions, contact us through our website or by phone at (859) 223-4644.