What is IV sedation dentistry and how does it work?
Intravenous (IV) sedation refers to the administering of an anti-anxiety drug through the blood during your dental treatment. IV sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as ‘twilight’ or ‘sleep’ dentistry. However, rather than putting you to sleep, the sedative helps you to relax and feel at peace.
Benefits of IV sedation dentistry
Compared to other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is more beneficial because:
- The effects of sedatives administered through the bloodstream are achieved in a shorter duration.
- IV sedation is suitable for patients with gag reflex.
- IV sedation does not affect body processes, but only eliminates your ability to feel pain. This also makes it easy for the dentist to identify any abnormalities during the procedure and respond swiftly.
- The dentist can perform multiple procedures in one visit. This means that patients who need extensive dental care can receive treatments in fewer visits. This not only reduces the fear and apprehension associated with dental visits, but also cuts down on dental care costs
- The amnesic state typical of IV sedation implies that the patient has no recollection of what happened during the procedure. The patient is not aware of the smells, sounds, and sights of the procedure or the dental office.
- Due to the fewer side effects compared to other sedation methods such as general anesthesia, there is less discomfort after the procedure.
Is IV sedation dentistry right for you?
An IV sedation is an excellent option if you are apprehensive of needles, the dentist, or dental procedures. Your dentist may also recommend this form of sedation if you are undergoing such procedures as complex root canals, implant placement, and extractions. You may also opt for IV sedation if you experience dental anxiety, and you need to undergo multiple dental procedures.
You will need to talk to your dentist to find out what sedation or analgesic technique is suitable for you. During your appointment, inform your dentist if you are under any medication, whether prescribed or over-the-counter.