Dental anxiety comes as a barrier to proper dental hygiene. It creates a huge obstacle and people skip their dental appointments due to the fear associated with it. In such cases, IV sedation dentistry can help.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is an anti-anxiety drug that is administered through the vein during the dental procedure. Sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, it could put the patient to sleep. This helps the patient to relax and feel at peace. However, the patient can respond to the dentist's questions.
Before the appointment, the dentist would provide explicit instructions to the patient. They would recommend the patient wear comfortable clothing, stop taking certain medications, and avoid eating for around six to eight hours before sedation. The patient should provide the dentist with their complete medical history to allow any changes beforehand.
During the procedure, the dentist would introduce a thin needle into the patient's hand or arm. The needle is connected to the IV tube. The sedation is directly delivered to the bloodstream. The patient would receive any other medications if needed through this IV.
Throughout the treatment, the dentist monitors the pulse, blood pressure, and breathing of the patient. This is done to make sure that the patient does not have any negative reaction to the sedation.
The patient might feel drowsy for several hours after the treatment. The patient should avoid unapproved medications, alcohol, or strenuous activity for the next 24 hours. If the patient suspects any problems, the dentist should be contacted immediately.
IV sedatives take effect in a short time. It only eliminates the patient's ability to feel pain and is suitable for patients with a gag reflex. The dentist can identify any abnormalities as the patient will be able to breathe and even move on their own.
Multiple procedures can be performed by the dentist in just one visit. This makes it easier for patients who need extensive dental care. They can receive treatments in fewer visits. The patient will have little to no memory of what happened during the procedure.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Saunders, DDS & Dr. Brittany Krog DDS to know more about IV sedation and whether it is right for you. Visit us at 2834 S University Dr, Fargo, ND 58103. Contact us at (701) 293-9886 or visit our website to book an appointment.