Sedation Dentistry

IV and Oral Sedation

The days of fearing a trip to the dentist’s office are over. Sedation dentistry has emerged as a dental specialty, catering to patients who experience fear or anxiety at the thought of visiting a dentist. For many patients, visiting an intravenous sedation dentist is the best choice for a relaxing dental experience.

Sedation dentists perform their work while patients are under the effects of heavy anesthesia. This kind of heavy sedation is often reserved for extensive treatments, such as multiple root canals or other procedures that could cause patients pain or severe discomfort.

Finding an intravenous sedation dentistry may not be easy, as these dentists are rare. Only an estimated 2% of dentists are certified to perform dental work on patients under the effects of heavy sedation. Intravenous sedation is the strongest form of dental sedation, and thus requires dentists to undergo additional training.

IV sedation is extremely safe when carried out under the supervision of a specially-trained dentist.

IV Sedation tends to be the the method of choice if you don’t want to be aware of your procedure. The onset of action is very rapid, and drug dosage and level of sedation can be tailored to meet the individual’s needs. IV sedation is both highly effective and highly reliable.

You may not remember much about what went on because of two factors: firstly, in most people, IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of comfort.   Secondly, the drugs used for IV sedation can produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were “asleep” during the procedure.

Who Is a Candidate For Sedation Dentistry?

People who have . . .

• limited time to complete their dental care

• complex dental problems

• high fear

• had traumatic dental experiences

• difficulty getting numb

• a bad gag reflex

• very sensitive teeth

People who . . .

• hate needles and shots!

• hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care

• are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth