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Most people experience some level of anxiety when going to visit the dentist. This is a natural feeling when faced with the unknown. Some people have heightened anxiety levels, while others may have a dental phobia. IV sedation is used when other sedation methods are not enough to provide the relaxing calm required for undergoing dental procedures.

Unlike some other sedation methods, intravenous (IV) sedation is administered through the blood. The anti-anxiety drug produces a “twilight” or highly relaxed feeling. While some patients may fall asleep under this type of sedation, many can respond to questions the dentist may ask while feeling completely relaxed.

Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry

There are many benefits to IV sedation. Some patients have a highly sensitive gag reflex, making undergoing dental procedures, especially those in the back of the mouth, very challenging. IV sedation helps relax the patient and calm this reflex.

IV sedation is helpful when a patient must undergo extensive dental work and more complex dental procedures. It is very beneficial for patients with severe anxiety or dental phobias. When multiple procedures are necessary, IV sedation allows them to be accomplished in one visit, thus saving you time and money.

This type of sedation eliminates your ability to feel pain, and unlike general anesthesia, there is less discomfort after the procedure is completed. You will have little or no recollection of the procedure due to the amnesic effect of the drug.

Is IV Sedation Right for You?

If you have high anxiety levels when visiting the dentist, you may want to consider IV sedation if you require dental treatment. It is an appropriate option when you have dental phobias, need extensive dental work or require complex procedures.

Consult with your dentist to determine if IV sedation is right for you. Your dentist will need a comprehensive medical history and a list of your current medications and supplements. Contact us today to schedule your appointment or get more information about IV sedation.

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