Sleep the Stress Away With IV Sedation

When it comes to a trip to the Dentist, it’s only natural to feel apprehensive or nervous. Many patients experience anxiety about visiting a dentist, and if you are one of them, you’ll be pleased to know that IV sedation dentistry enables you to be relaxed enough to have dental treatment. IV sedation is on offer at Coolangatta Dental Group to put you at ease. Patients who undergo intricate dental procedures will feel calm, relaxed, and the fear of the dental procedure will fade away whilst under the care of our experienced dental team.

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

Intravenous Sedation Dentistry is the administration of sedatives intravenously or by injection. Your dentist will give you just enough to induce the desired level of drowsiness
to keep you relaxed while he or she can perform the dental work you require.

You will still have an anesthetic to numb your mouth for the treatment. The sedative is
purely to help manage your anxiety and keep you in a relaxed state. One of the primary
sedation benefits is that you can have a very relaxed experience and then return to your
normal state once the dental procedure is over.

Will I Be Asleep?

This question is often raised because sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry”, even though sleep dentistry is not actually an accurate description of the term. When you are sedated you are not actually asleep, although some patients in moderate to deep sedation may nod off during the procedure, it is possible to be woken with a gentle nudge. This is not the same as being under an anesthetic, where you have to wait for the anesthetic to wear off before you regain consciousness

How Much Sedative Will I Be Given?

The answer to this depends very much on the patient, and the level of sedation required.
Your dental practitioner will apply a light, moderate or deep sedation level according to
the dental anxiety you are experiencing and the procedure you are having.

Light sedation is often achieved through the administration of laughing gas which is
inhaled through a mask placed over your nose and mouth.

Moderate to deep intravenous sedation is achieved intravenously. Usually, patients can
do as directed by the dentist but they won’t necessarily remember any of the details
about the procedure.

Prior to your treatment, your dentist will discuss your anxiety with you, taking into
account the amount of work and the time needed to complete your dental work.
Another one of the sedation benefits is that the dose can be adjusted during the
procedure too, so if you do need a little more it is relatively easy for your dentist to top it up.

Of course, a routine dental cleaning will require a lower dose of a sedative than tooth restorations or dental implants so your dental practitioner will treat your situation individually

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Sedation dentistry is considered a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified and experienced sedation dentist. In the event that you are obese or suffer from sleep apnoea, your dentist may recommend alternative solutions to avoid any complications arising with either of these conditions. As is the case with any procedure, there are some associated risks to be aware of. Your dentist will screen you prior to treatment but it does help to be informed.

Can Children Have Intravenous Sedation Dentistry?

Absolutely. In fact, sedation dentistry is highly effective for children as children having to keep their mouths open for long periods of time can be tiring, frustrating, and even intimidating. As It can also be quite scary for little ones, keeping them sedated will reduce the amount of heightened fear they may experience and help them forget details from the procedure. Children also fidget and shift around a lot and sedation can help your dentist to finish the job a little quicker.

Who Are Suitable IV Sedation Candidates?

Sedation dentistry is used by patients from all walks of life.
For the most part, tt is suitable for patients who:
● Have a fear of the dentist, needles or the medical environment
● Have a strong gag reflex
● Have tooth or gum sensitivity
● Are having complex or lengthy procedures
● Have experienced dental trauma
● Are sensitive to pain

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