Stittsville IV Sedation Dentistry
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.
Forms of 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. 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.
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 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
Contact Us For More Information
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!