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If you’re afraid of visiting dentistry for the treatment, don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are a lot of people who get nervous and are quite afraid of visiting a dentist for treatment. And if we talk about the most recent research, then about 26% of Americans avoid dental visits. Now, what if they don’t visit? Well, it is obvious that they will lose their teeth because the issue will be there that will gradually damage the whole teeth.

So what’s the solution? Well, the solution is to have a dental visit. Don’t worry; you won’t feel a lot of pain if the dentist is experienced. In other words, experienced dentists use dental sedation techniques that help to reduce the anxiety or pain up to 99.5%. That’s pretty good, right?

After reading this, now you must be thinking of What is IV sedation?

Let us not waste time and know:

What is IV Sedation?

In IV Sedation, the IV stands for IntraVenous and is a process of giving anti-anxiety drugs that will help to reduce anxiety. Sometimes, IV Sedation is also known as Sleep Dentistry or Twilight Dentistry. But wait, it is not like you will sleep during the treatment; you will be in a complete sense, entirely relaxed and at peace. And the best part is, there is no such need for intubation. This situation will be there till you’re going under treatment; once that is done, the sedation will be removed from your body. But it still has some effect for more than 2-3 hours.

What are the benefits of IV sedation?

  • The anesthesia is easily monitored with a precise amount of implementation.
  • It is more safe and efficient than general anesthesia.
  • The frequency of vomiting, urinary retention, and postoperative nausea is very less if compared to general anesthesia.
  • It takes very little time for patients to come out of IV sedation.
  • IV sedation is highly preferred because it does not affect other body processes; you will just not feel any pain, rest everything will be as usual.

Dentists love to go with IV sedation because, in this case, the patient is able to breathe and can interact too. Based on the monitoring of abnormalities, the sedation could be added or removed. This makes the treatment more efficient as here; the dentist is aware of the comfort of the patient.

So what does IV sedation feel like?

IV sedation is nothing but a reduction of pain and anxiety from your body for a limited amount of time.

 The dentist or the nurse will put the medicine through the intravenous line or say through the vein. Once done, you will start to feel relaxed and at peace also a bit drowsy. Based on the amount of medicine given to you, it will start to work in 10-15 minutes, and in the case of capsules/tablets, you will get this in about 30-60 minutes.

Once you start to have signs initially, you will slowly notice a drop in your blood pressure, though there is no drop with breathing; still, the dentist will put a mask on for the oxygen. If not the mask, you will be getting the oxygen through IV fluids by utilizing a vein. You still start to feel sleepy, but you won’t sleep if the dosage is not high. Also, don’t worry about the blood pressure or breathing part; there will be a constant monitor with you that will inform the dentist if there is an issue with your body to take immediate action.

After the sedation and the treatment, you will start to come back to your normal position. But based on the sedation medicine, you will take a bit longer time to get back to the normal situation.

A lot of people have questions like Is IV sedation safe?

The simple and straightforward answer is yes, it is safe. 

Now you must be wondering how this can be safe if it reduces the senses during the treatment? Well, IV sedation is a controlled and monitored anesthesia, that means whenever you go with IV sedation, your body will be continuously monitored for any kind of abnormal changes. And if you don’t feel comfortable, then, based on the situation, the anesthesia could be increased or decreased. 

Also, the IV sedation gets off faster than general anesthesia. That means you can get back to the normal stage pretty faster than general anesthesia.

When should one go with IV sedation?

If you’re about to have complex root canal treatments, tooth extractions, or implants, then IV sedation will be good for you. Apart from this, if you’re having any kind of anxiety while going to the dentist, then also you can have IV sedation. This will reduce anxiety and make you feel relaxed so that you can go with the treatment. 

Once you opt for IV sedation, before you get into the process, you should consult a dentist near you for all the meditations you’re going through. This helps the dentist to find out the right amount of anaesthesia for your body. You shouldn’t take pills on your own; always consult a dentist before you go into the treatment; if nothing is good for your body, the dentist will let you know about the alternative solutions too.

💡A personal note: If you’re going for the dental treatment that requires IV sedation or any other anaesthesia, it is good for you to take someone with you. You shouldn’t be coming home on your own, or you shouldn’t be driving as the anaesthesia will be there for a while.

So if you’ve got any kind of dental issues and looking for a dentistry that is skilled, experienced, and highly professional, then you should go with West Keller Dental. West Keller Dental has got a team of experienced professionals who collectively have 50+ years of experience and have treated more than 1000+ patients. Don’t go late. Book an appointment now.

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