Many people have fear or anxiety about going to the dentist. IV sedation can help with those issues and make it easier to sit through a dental procedure. IV sedation is also helpful when you need a more intensive dental procedure or oral surgery to treat a dental problem.
Types of IV Sedation
For dental fear or a minor procedure, moderate sedation with a narcotic medication may be all that you need. If you are having a more complex treatment or procedure that will take longer, such as wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist may recommend a deeper sedation. Deep sedation allows you to reduce your level of consciousness, which minimizes pain and anxiety.
Benefits of IV Sedation in Dentistry
Intravenous sedation works quickly to calm and relax you. This allows the dentist to start working on your teeth within just a few minutes. The level of sedation and pain relief can be adjusted during your procedure. This allows the dentist to increase the sedative or pain relief effects if you are uncomfortable. If you have anxiety or fear about dental care, IV sedation makes it easier to get the services you need for optimal dental health.
What to Expect After IV Sedation
The effects of IV sedation start to wear off as soon as the IV is removed. You may feel tired, groggy or slowed down for several hours. Your speech may be slurred until the medication is out of your system. It is important to have a responsible adult available to drive you home after IV sedation and to stay with you until the medicine has been metabolized by your body.
Burke Jardine, DMD, is the natural choice if you need IV sedation for comfort and pain relief during a dental procedure. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.