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?
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?
Can Children Have Intravenous Sedation Dentistry?
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