Many curious patients come to our clinic asking about sedation dentistry. Although some have a good idea of what it is and how it can help, there are still many who are unfamiliar with it and don’t have a clear understanding of the procedure. Let us give you a clearer picture of why the technique is prevalent and advisable for most patients.
What exactly is it?
Sedation dentistry is a specialized procedure that gives patients a relaxing dental experience. Millions of people suffer from dental phobia, and this procedure may help relieve apprehensions to give fearful patients the dental treatment they need.
The use of sedatives through injection into the bloodstream (IV sedation) is one of the most common and effective ways of sedating a patient. Contrary to what some people think, it is safe and highly effective when administered professionally. It offers a deeper level of sedation, eliminating the likelihood of patients feeling any pain and anxiety during treatment.
Why is it advisable and what are its benefits?
The drugs used in IV sedation may induce partial amnesia, meaning patients walk away from the treatment without remembering the process. It prevents traumatic dental experiences, allowing you to realize that treatment is not really as scary as it seems. Another major benefit of the procedure is it makes you feel as if your appointment lasted much shorter than it actually did. It is advisable for dental implant placement and other more complex dental procedures such major smile makeovers or other restoration processes.
Are sleep and sedation dentistry one and the same?
No. Some dentists refer to the procedure as sleep dentistry, but it really isn’t. You don’t sleep during treatment, but some effects of the sedative may cause you to feel sleepy. In sedation dentistry, you feel completely relaxed, but awake for the duration of the procedure.
Schedule an appointment to learn more about our IV sedation dentistry services and see if it’s right for you.