IV Sedation

If you have a fear of visiting the dentist, you are certainly not alone. Studies estimate that as many as 20% of people delay or even refuse to go to the dentist because of anxiety or fear. This could be anxiety triggered by the sound of the drill, or having a fear of needles, or sensitive teeth which cause even the most common dental procedures to be unpleasant. Some people may have had bad dental experiences in the past and this trauma can be difficult to overcome. If this sounds like you and you need to have some dental work done then sleep dentistry may be the ideal solution.

Here at McIntosh Dental we offer three types of sedation: oral sedation, nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) sedation and IV sedation.

How Does IV Sedation Work?

Intravenous or IV sedation uses similar types of sedatives to oral sedatives, but they are administered through an IV cannula into your arm. This means that IV sedation begins working faster and can be controlled more precisely than oral sedatives. It is used in conjunction with a local anaesthetic applied in the mouth for pain relief.

IV sedation allows patients to be in an extremely relaxed, sleep-like state. In addition, most people remember very little about their dental treatment. You will still able to follow basic instructions the dentist gives you. Some patients are so relaxed they fall asleep during their procedure.

Is IV Sedation The Same As General Anaesthetic?

IV sedation is not the same as general anaesthetic. Although both are administered in the same way through a vein, IV sedation does not cause unconsciousness. For this reason it is considered to be a safe way of relieving dental anxiety. Patients can breathe on their own and respond to simple instructions, while remaining in a sleep-like state of relaxation. Our dentists are highly trained and experienced in IV sedation, and continuously monitor patients to ensure they remain calm and comfortable throughout their dental procedure.

In contrast, people under general anaesthesia are unconscious and require assistance with breathing. Because of this it carries higher levels of risk and can only be carried out in a hospital setting, with the associated substantial higher cost.

After IV Sedation

You may feel a little groggy after IV sedation – this is normal and does not last long.

After your procedure is completed you will have a short rest and drink while your dentist explains your post-treatment care steps.

Driving is not permitted after IV sedation, therefore it is necessary to have a responsible adult take you home to rest.

Contact us today to find out if sleep dentistry and IV sedation is an option for you.

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