The Best Dental Visit Ever! — IV Sedation
Not everyone is afraid of the dentist. Many of us find our visits to the dentist unpleasant, however, some people find it terrifying. This feeling is often produced when someone has had traumatic experiences at the dentist during childhood; especially older generations when dentistry didn’t understand or have good solutions for dental apprehension.
There are many types of sedation, including pills and nitrous oxide (laughing gas), but IV sedation is a whole other level of avoiding the unpleasantries of dentistry. Often referred to as sleep dentistry, IV sedation does not actually put you to sleep. You remain conscious during IV sedation. You also will be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.
For most people IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and the feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on. It also can produce either partial or full memory loss for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, you will not recall much, or perhaps anything at all of what happened. So, it may appear as if you were asleep during the procedure.
Advantages of IV Sedation
Compared to other methods of sedation, IV sedation is the most reliable and effective. Patients tend to relax quicker and wake up more easily. There’s no doubt you’re likely to remember less about the procedure. And unlike other sedation methods IV sedation can be adjusted before and during procedures.
One of the best uses for IV sedation is when a patient suffers from a bad gag reflex. With this type of sedation, the gag reflex is hugely diminished. People receiving IV sedation rarely have trouble with gagging. IV sedation is also ideal for those with a phobia of dental injections.
Lastly, unlike anesthesia or deep sedation, conscious IV sedation doesn’t really introduce any compromises in terms of carrying out the actual procedures, because people are conscious and they can cooperate with instructions, and there is no airway tube involved.
If you are one of the many who suffer from severe dental phobia, IV sedation may be your answer. This methodology allows a patient to be in the chair longer and therefore get more dentistry completed in one visit. This way the patient doesn’t need to return to the dentist as often for multiple procedures. Just get everything fixed and come back for your regularly scheduled cleanings and exams.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or a strong fear of the dental visit discuss sedation options with your dentist. Not every dentist offers IV sedation so be sure you understand what you’re being asked to take and what the effects should be.
4M Dental Implants Centers offer IV sedation and will gladly explain exactly what that entails. Call today to schedule your consultation or visit their website at www.4mDentalimplants.com or Call 702 490-9925
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