Let’s face it, dental treatment can cause anxiety. For some people, the only way they are willing to get their teeth fixed is to be “knocked out.” This is where IV sedation dentistry shines. For many of our patients, years of neglect, shame and anxiety have been solved through the use of IV sedation.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
IV sedation is a form of anesthetic which is administered through an injection. It is considered a strong sedative which can last up to several hours, depending on the dosage given. IV sedatives may be any of the following drugs:
- Opioids. These drugs include fentanyl and hydromorphone. They are the strongest pain relievers which slow down the pain signals from the nerves to the brain. Opioids are popularly used in all kinds of medical settings and are given for procedures which may have lasting pain, such as surgeries.
- Benzodiazepines. These drugs give patients a feeling of relaxation. They also cause amnesia, which makes most IV sedated patients think they slept through the whole procedure.
When Do I Need IV Sedation?
IV sedation dentistry is optional. People who have benefitted from IV sedation include those who:
- are nervous about receiving treatment.
- have a difficult time getting numb.
- can’t sit still during treatment.
- have strong gag reflex.
Is IV Sedation Safe?
The simple answer is, yes! IV sedation has been used for many years in dentistry and all kinds of medical practices. The drugs used for this procedure are proven safe and effective as long as they are properly administered by licensed and trained personnel. If done in a professional setting such as inside Above Dental, you don’t have to worry about a thing. Our experienced dentists and team are well-trained and knowledgeable in sedation dentistry techniques.
Before you are given IV sedation, we will give you complete written instructions to reduce the chances of any complications during and after the actual procedure. Here are the ways to prepare for your sedation:
- Make sure you have had a proper dental consultation and you were given an appointment for your procedure. It is necessary to have a dental check-up to find out the details about the procedure you will be having.
- Before your scheduled dental appointment, you should fast — that is, nothing to eat or drink, not even water — for at least 6 hours. This is needed to prevent the possibility of aspiration, a condition wherein undigested food travels from the stomach to the lungs during the procedure. Make sure you don’t over-fast for more than 8 hours because it may make you feel sick or nauseous after your procedure.
- Bring a companion to your dental appointment. After your treatment, you will still be sleepy from the sedation, so you need someone to take you home and stay with you for the remainder of the day.
You will receive post-sedation instructions from your dentist before you are sent home. These instructions differ for each treatment that we provide, since each condition requires specific care and maintenance. As a general rule, do not eat or drink within an hour after sedation to avoid regurgitation. You should also wait until you are fully conscious before doing any activity like walking or leaving your home.
If you follow our dentists’ postoperative instructions, you should be able to to avoid any potential complication during your recovery. However, if you experience anything unusual or uncomfortable, call us right away at (541) 756 – 0155.
Safe and Comfortable IV Sedation Dentistry in Coos Bay
If you’re looking for a dentist who provides painless dental treatments, Above Dental is the place to be. Our dentists offer IV sedation to patients who have severe dental anxiety, but would like to go ahead with their dental treatments. We will make your visit as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
Just visit our office at 2070 Virginia Avenue, North Bend, to see our facilities and find out more about our services. You can also call us at (541) 756-0155 or place an appointment request through our contact page. Our dental team is always happy to assist you.