Studies show that 20% of the population suffers from dental phobia. Many people who suffer with dental anxiety avoid going to the dentist which can result in neglecting their oral health. One of the main reasons people avoid going to the dentist is the fear of pain. People who fear the dentist can eliminate this concern with IV sedation.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the process of administering medication to patients to help them relax through their dental procedure. It is used to make people feel during their treatments.
There are many forms of sedation, which include:
Nitrous Oxide – Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation. Patients may feel tingling or a sense of calm. Once the gas is discontinued, the effects end within seconds.
Oral sedation – A mild form of sedation that comes in pill form and is ingested. Oral sedation has a more profound effect however it takes longer to achieve a state of relaxation and also to wear off. You’re still responding but you’re not going to remember it.
IV Sedation – Also called conscious sedation, it is a set of drugs administered through an IV placed in a vein. IV sedation causes the patient to feel sleepy but does not put them to sleep. Often patients cannot remember the procedure. The drugs are administered through a vein which allows them to work more quickly. It also allows the doctor to adjust the level of drugs during the procedure. The IV sedation does not control pain; an additional shot is given by the dentist for this. It is generally used for long or multiple procedures or if a person has high dental anxiety.
Who can be treated with IV Sedation?
IV sedation is used for patients who suffer from fear and anxiety when having a dental procedure. It is also given to people who have very sensitive teeth, a low pain threshold, have trouble getting numb or have a large amount of dental work to be completed.
Benefits of IV Sedation
IV sedation is the best solution for people who suffer from dental phobia or who become distressed when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits of IV Sedation. They include:
No Pain – The patient can relax without ever feeling any dental pain.
Improved oral health – Removing the fear of visiting the dentist allows the patient to get routine dental treatments. Regular checkups can catch and prevent tooth damage and disease if caught early.
Saves money – It allows the dentist to perform multiple procedures in one visit. This eliminates the need for multiple visits and taking additional time off work to complete your dental treatment.
Efficient dental visits – The state of relaxation allows the dentist to work faster and more efficient. This is especially true when working on patients who have gag reflexes that make controlling their mouth stressful.
Before undergoing sedation, the patient will be advised on home preparation before the treatment. This generally includes no solid food before the procedure or avoiding non clear liquids. Rest assured, Dr. Gonzales is an expert at IV Sedation. In fact, people come from all over the world for dental procedures with Dr. Gonzales because he taught classes on IV sedation to other dentists at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.