Nervous patients no longer have to suffer through a nerve-wrecking dental appointment since IV Sedation was introduced. This type of sedation dentistry is ideal for extremely nervous patients who not only dread the thought of going to the dentist, but who have avoided making an appointment as a result.
Here at Docklands Dental, we specialise in IV Sedation Dentistry, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care in a safe and relaxing environment.
How Does It Feel?
This type of gentle sedation will make you feel calm, peaceful and at ease. The patient will remain conscious but often will not recall much of the event afterwards. You will however, be able to respond and understand various requests during the procedure in your state of deep relaxation.
If you’re worried about the drugs involved, don’t be. Those used will only produce a minor state of amnesia for a short period of time. This will make the procedure “fly by” for nervous patients, who will feel as though time has passed very quickly.
Many patients who decide to go for IV Sedation Dentistry will not remember anything that happened during the procedure. Keep in mind that patients will still require a numbing agent to help with the pain. Those who hate needles will have the option to get numbed whilst under the effects of the IV Sedation.
How Does It Work?
The IV sedation is activated via a very thin needle. This is either administered into the back of your hand or the arm. It does not travel deep, only reaching below the surface of the skin – barely noticeable!
Benzodiazepine (Midazolam) is the name of the drug used during sleep dentistry. It remains in effect for around one and a half hours.
IV Sedation Advantages
- Nervous patients can undergo their dental procedures without fear or anxiety.
- The level of sedation (drug dosage) is tailored to the patient.
- Highly reliable and effective method.
- IV Sedation can reach deeper levels of relaxation than inhalation or oral sedation etc.
- Patients don’t have to worry about the gag reflex.
- There is no airway tube used in IV sedation.
Following the IV Sedation dentistry procedure, it is a good idea to pre-arrange an escort to drive you home. It may take some time for you to completely recover from the deep state of relaxation, which means you should not drive or operate heavy machinery.
We advise that you have an adult stay with you for the remainder of the day, or at least until you feel like yourself again. Avoid consuming a heavy meal right away and instead opt for something light such as toast and plenty of liquids. Some patients experience a degree of nausea. This is completely normal and usually passes quite quickly. You may wish to lie down for a period of time until the nausea passes.
If you would like to learn more about IV Sedation Dentistry, or to make an appointment, pick up the phone and give us a call:
Tel: +353 (0)1 636 0192
Email: hello [@] docklandsdental.ie