Oral sedation requires the patient to take a combination of pills one to two hours prior to their appointment which will then provide a level of relaxation and amnesia similar to that achieved with intravenous sedation. While under sedation, monitoring devices will be attached to the patient that will monitor the heart rate, blood pressure and pulse. Since the medication is taken prior to the appointment, a driver is required to accompany the patient to and from the office.
Dental IV Sedation
This safe procedure begins with your doctor administering the medication, enabling you to feel relaxed. As your body begins to feel numb, you enter a state that is commonly described as “sleep dentistry” or “twilight sleep.” While you won’t be put into a deep sleep, you will be able to fully relax for a long period of time.
In addition, a driver will need to be present to take the patient home following the procedure.
Candidates for IV Sedation
It is estimated that 45 million people worldwide suffer from dental anxiety and fear. This keeps them from getting important periodontic procedures every year. However, IV sedation can be the solution for those who are unable to relax during dental procedures. This is helpful for people with a fear of visititing the dentist, sensitive teeth, a bad gag reflex, a low tolerance for pain, difficulty with numbness, need multiple procedures, have complex dental problems, dislike of needles and shots, and dislike of noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care.
Here are some additional benefits of sedation dentistry:
- Not only does it allow you to relax while reducing the fatigue associated with long procedures, but you will have little to no memory of the procedure itself.
- Dental appointments that require many appointments can be completed in as little as one or two.