Stittsville IV Sedation Dentistry

iv Sedation dentistry STITTSVILLE

There is no shame in suffering from dentophobia or dental anxiety. We realize that it is a legit concern that can cause people to delay or avoid visiting their dentist regularly. Thankfully, there are options available to subdue your anxiety and make your next visit to Avenue Dental Specialty Group more relaxed. Contact our Stittsville Dentists now or Schedule your Appointment.

IV Sedation Dentistry

Forms of iv Sedation Dentistry

There are a number of forms of sedation dentistry ranging from nitrous oxide sedation (“laughing gas”), to oral sedation in the form of pills, as well as IV sedation (see below). We recommend consulting with your dentist to see what sedation technique is best suited for your individual case.

Please note that sedation techniques cannot replace the administration of local anaesthetics which are required to numb the area of your mouth which requires treatment. A local anaesthetic is still required in cases of invasive treatments such as drilling. However, a sedative may be administered in addition, before the injection of the anaesthetic.

IV Sedation Dentistry

One other option we can offer at Avenue Dental Specialty Group is IV sedation Dentistry. This form of sedation requires proper training and certification. Your dentist will administer a sedative intravenously, lowering your state of consciousness to the point where you will feel relaxed, yet still able to respond to questions and instructions.

Before administering IV sedation, your dentist will discuss your medical history and discuss the procedure in detail. Your dentist will also any questions or concerns you have about the IV sedation Dentistry.

At the beginning of the procedure, a needle will be inserted into your vein, usually in your hand. The needle is connected to a tube that will administer the sedative. Throughout the administration, your dentist will monitor your pulse and oxygen levels. Your safety is our top priority!

The IV sedation will put you in a state of deep relaxation that is also referred to as ‘twilight sleep.’ While you will be conscious and able to respond to questions and instructions, it is likely that you will not remember anything from the procedure at all.

As this form of sedation is affecting your consciousness, it is strongly recommended that you make sure you have a ride to and from the dentist and do not drive yourself.

Benefits of iv Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a suitable option for anybody suffering from dentophobia and dental anxiety. Among its benefits are:

  • easing dental anxiety and dentophobia
  • improving relaxation and level of comfort before and during treatments
  • controlling your gag reflex
  • save you time and money of follow-up visits
  • minimal risk: sedation techniques are safe and supervised by trained professionals

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Don’t let dentophobia or dental anxiety prevent you from achieving and maintaining dental health. As you can see there are a number of options to help you feel more relaxed and at ease before and during your appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to receive more information, please Contact us today!


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is IV Sedation Dentistry And How Safe Is It?

IV sedation dentistry is a form of sedation dentistry where a sedative is administered intravenously to the patient. Unlike IV sedation for many other medical procedures, the patient will not be rendered unconscious but put into a state called ‘twilight sleep.’ In this state, you will still be able to respond to questions and instructions. IV sedation dentistry requires proper training and will only be performed by highly trained and certified specialists. Be assured that the only thing more important to us than your comfort is your safety! Please also feel free to reach out to us in case you have any questions or concerns regarding IV sedation dentistry.

Do I feel pain during IV sedation dentistry?
This is a bit of a trick question since IV sedation does not prevent you from feeling pain. Instead, IV sedation merely alters your state of consciousness by putting you in a state called ‘twilight sleep.’ However, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to the affected area to ensure the procedure you are undergoing is as close to pain-free as possible.
Before my sleep dentistry appointment, can I eat or drink?

It really depends on your chosen form of sedation dentistry. With IV or oral sedation, you should not be eating or drinking for 12 hours prior to your appointment. However, there are other forms of sedation dentistry that do not require fasting before the appointment, such as nitrous oxide sedation. We will always advise you to consult with your dentist prior to choosing the form of sedation dentistry that is best suited for you.

What sedation options do we offer in our office?
At Avenue Dental, we offer IV sedation dentistry. This form of sedation is performed by a highly trained and certified professional to ensure your safety and comfort. Because it affects your state of consciousness, we strongly recommend that you do not drive immediately after your appointment! Please, let us know if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to receive more information about our IV sedation dentistry.
Does IV Sedation dentistry have any side effects?
Your dentist will go over your medical history and any allergies before your appointment to ensure that IV sedation is a suitable option for you. Once you are cleared to receive IV sedation, there are very few side effects. The only thing you should be aware of is that this form of sedation alters your state of consciousness. We therefore strongly recommend you organize a ride to and from the appointment beforehand; As you should not be operating vehicles or machinery for 24 hours after the sedation.
Is sedation dentistry painless?
Yes – but the full answer is a little more complicated. However, sedation does not impact your ability to feel pain. That is a common misconception. Instead, it simply calms you down or alters your state of consciousness. The sedation is therefore only advisable or necessary if you suffer from dentophobia or anxiety related to your appointment. What actually prevents you from feeling pain is the local anesthetic the dentist will administer while you are sedated.
After IV sedation, how long do you sleep?
This is a misconception that probably stems from the use of sedation during surgeries. While those render you fully unconscious, IV sedation dentistry does not. Instead, your consciousness will be merely lowered into a state called ‘twilight sleep’ during which you will still be able to react, answer questions, and follow the dentist’s instructions. However, IV sedation dentistry does affect your consciousness even after the procedure is over. It is therefore essential for you to organize a ride to and from the appointment; As you will not be able to drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after the appointment.