Overcome Your Dental Anxiety With IV Sedation 

Have you found yourself avoiding the dentist in fear of facing the dental chair? If so, you may be suffering from dental anxiety, in which case, sleep dentistry provided by IV sedation at Coolangatta Dental Group could be the solution you’ve been looking for. 

When you continue to ignore oral health issues like fissures, cracked teeth or sensitivity, the problem could potentially worsen in due course. This may lead to even more pronounced dental anxiety and a more invasive dental procedure and expense down the track. So, allow us to uncover the ins and outs of IV Sedation to help you with your dental requirements. 

IV Sedation Dentistry: How Does It Help?

Believe it or not, dental anxiety is extremely common. Dental anxiety can be associated to a wide range of factors. From the dental clinic setting itself to specific triggers like needles or drills. These kinds of anxieties develop for numerous reasons, including previous negative experiences with a dentist, extreme sensitivity or resistance to local anaesthetics. 

The good news is, there is a way around this and there is something you can do to help you get the treatment you need – it all starts with going to an IV sedation dentist like Coolangatta Dental Group. IV sedation dentistry helps to keep patients calm for the duration of their dental treatments so they can get the necessary work completed quickly and efficiently and without enduring any fear or discomfort.  

Candidates For IV Sedation 

Typically, anyone in good health can be considered as a candidate for IV sedation dentistry, but it is an especially effective solution for patients who experience the following:

  • Phobia of dental procedures
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Sensitive teeth or oral nerves
  • Complex dental issues
  • Resistance to local anesthetic
  • A small mouth that aches during dental work
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Gag reflex

IV Sedation: Safe & Easy 

Before receiving IV sedation, our qualified IV sedation dentists, will conduct a preliminary consultation. They will examine your previous medical and oral history and medications you are taking, as well as any allergies in order to determine your eligibility.

Some medical conditions such as hypertension may require permission from your general practitioner before IV sedation can be administered. Our experienced dentists also monitors your vital signs using state-of-the-art monitoring equipment throughout the treatment and while you are in the recovery room. 

What To Do Before Your Appointment

Before you have IV Sedation, avoid eating or drinking six hours before your appointment. Take your normal medication with a sip of water, unless your dentist instructs you otherwise. If you are a smoker, you’ll also be asked not to smoke for 24 hours before your procedure. It is ideal for you to wear comfortable clothing and remove any jewellery, nail polish or contact lenses. 

What Can I Expect From The IV Sedation Experience?

IV sedation medication is introduced into your bloodstream via an intravenous catheter which is inserted into a vein, usually around the inside bend of your elbow (antecubital fossa) or your hand. This enables our qualified Dentist and aneathetists to accurately administer the amount of medication needed to sedate you. It also reduces the amount of time needed before treatment can begin. The sedative works to put patients in a semi-conscious state, with the ability to respond to the dentist’s requests.  

When the sedative takes effect,  patients usually feel extreme sense of relaxation, much like a dreamy state of mind. Following procedures, still in the care of our dedicated team, most patients say they their appointments feel extremely quick and comfortable.

Following Treatment

Patients tend to feel sleepy or be asleep during the procedure so there will be a short period after your treatment where you will be in recovery until you feel fully alert and are able to be released to your trusted companion who will be in charge of seeing you home safely. You may feel a little drowsy as you start to come around, so you will need to take it easy for the remainder of the day and rest. 

It can take 24 hours for the medication to completely leave your body, so it is recommended to avoid alcohol and take any medication prescribed as directed. It is also in your best interest to avoid driving or any strenuous activities such as exercise for the rest of the day. 

You may experience some minor bruising, bleeding or swelling at the injection site. Some patients also experience nausea and vomiting. If there is anything that feels concerning, that you have not been advised of,  contact your Coolangatta Dental Group provider and General Practitioner as soon as possible.