Sedation, or sleep, dentistry and the use of IV sedation is a beneficial tool used for those patients who are fearful or very anxious about going to the dentist’s office. Frequently, it is employed when treating children who are particularly scared, special needs children, or adults who have a phobia of the dentist. This tool assists patients to relax during a dental procedure by allowing them to either feel more calm or be completely asleep. There are different levels of sedation used:
At the practice, IV sedation is available to assist individuals to reach unconsciousness more quickly, and the level of sedation can be regulated continuously throughout the procedure. This is provided to the patient intravenously, or through the vein. Oral medications can also be provided for the patient to take before the treatment which will help them feel relaxed but not completely sedate them.
Sedation is best for adults and children who are truly afraid or anxious at the dentist, so much so that it is preventing them from going to the office at all. It is also best for those who:
Since our office uses the most innovative sedation options, it is a very safe option. There is a risk when undergoing anesthesia, but our experienced staff is trained to perform the procedure safely and effectively. Before the procedure, the dentist will review your medical history to ensure that any measures which need to be taken are employed. The doctor will also choose a dosage and form of sedation which is suitable for your overall health and age. If you have any concerns or inquiries about IV sedation for you or your child, contact the dentist today.
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