Reduce Dental Anxiety with IV Sedation
Are you fearful or anxious about getting dental treatments? If you are avoiding a trip to the dentist because you are experiencing a high level of dental anxiety, talk to us about sedation dentistry services such as IV sedation. Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, can help to make those dental treatment sessions that much more manageable. We offer IV sedation to induce a state of deep relaxation so that you feel completely relaxed and at ease during your procedure.
Do I Need Sedation Dentistry Services?
You may be a good candidate for sleep dentistry if you:
- Have a fear of needles, shots, and sitting in the dentist’s chair
- You have experienced any type of trauma on previous dental visits
- You have very sensitive teeth and gums
- You have difficulty opening your mouth wide
- You are highly sensitive to pain
- You have delayed treatment for years and are embarrassed about your teeth
- You have a hard time getting numb with traditional methods
How IV Sedation Works
IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, involves administering drugs directly into the blood stream. A very small needle is inserted into a vein and anti-anxiety medication in the IV drip is slowly released into the bloodstream. In some cases, we may use local anesthetic to numb parts of the mouth. Your blood pressure, pulse, and other vitals will be monitored throughout the process.
You will not fall asleep but will feel extremely relaxed and may even experience some amnesia after the drug wears off. This allows us to work in your mouth with minimal resistance and ensures you don’t remember much — if anything — about the experience. IV sedation can be a very attractive option for patients who are very anxious, nervous, or fearful about going to the dentist. Since you will be in a state of deep relaxation, we can perform multiple procedures if necessary while minimizing patient discomfort.
Benefits of IV Sedation
- Can still interact with the dentist and staff
- No discomfort throughout the procedure
- Fewer side effects than general anesthesia
- Lower risk of blood clots and nausea after procedure
- Allows us to perform multiple procedures over one visit
- Causes amnesia, which can reduce risk of more fear in the future