Most people would agree: Going to the dentist isn’t fun. Many people dread going to the dentist so much that they are filled with anxiety just thinking about it. Up to one in five people avoid going to the dentist because of fear.
Unfortunately, going to the dentist is a fact of life, whether just for teeth cleaning or repair work. Fortunately, IV sedation is a great option if you have dental anxiety. If you’re a dental patient concerned about anxiety, speak to the team of Dr. Chris Ward DDS, a dentist located in Owasso, OK, about IV dental sedation.
Causes of Dental Anxiety
People fear going to the dentist for a number of reasons. The most common include:
- Fear of pain
- The uncomfortableness of the noise dental instruments make
- Invasion of personal space
- Gag reflux when the dentist inserts instruments in the mouth
- Dislike of the numbing anesthetic effects
- Lack of control or helplessness
- Sensitive teeth
- A history of previous poor dental experiences
What is IV Sedation?
IV sedation is also referred to as conscious sedation. Some people refer to IV sedation as “twilight sleep.” The sedation is administered through your vein intravenously to go directly into your bloodstream. The sedation medication is in the form of benzodiazepines to reduce your fear and anxiety during the procedure. Dentists commonly use Midazolam and Diazepam in dental procedures.
IV sedation doesn’t put you fully asleep. What it does is make you not fully aware of your dental procedure and places you into a deeply relaxed state. You’ll be able to respond to commands and touch, and answer questions your dentist asks you.
While under IV sedation, your healthcare team will monitor your pulse and oxygen levels, and they will take your blood pressure before and after your procedure. When you wake up, you’ll likely feel groggy.
Benefits of IV Sedation
- Often provides an amnesia effect where you don’t remember the dental procedure
- Easy to adjust the dosage
- Great to enable long, complex dental procedures completed in one dental visit
- Enables you to relax in the dentist chair
How Do I Know If I’m a Candidate for IV Sedation?
The best thing you can do if you’re considering IV sedation for a dental procedure is to talk to your dentist. Dr. Ward can explain your sedation options, and you can discuss whether IV sedation is the right option for you. You may not be suited for IV sedation if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have allergies to benzodiazepines
- Have certain kinds of glaucoma
- Have sleep apnea
- Are of an advanced age
- Have certain types of depression or psychosis
- Have kidney, liver, or lung problems.
How Do I Prepare for IV Sedation Dentistry?
Talk to your dentist in advance to learn what you should do to prepare for IV sedation dentistry. You may need to refrain from eating or drinking for a period, often eight hours, before your procedure.
The primary effects of the medicine wear off within 45 minutes, but remains in your system for a few hours.
Because you will have been sedated, you’ll need to bring along a family member or friend who can drive you home following the procedure. You’ll be asked to refrain from driving for 24 hours.
Contact Dr. Chris Ward, DDS, Owasso, OK, to Discuss IV Sedation for Your Next Dental Procedure
To learn more about the types of sedation dentistry we offer, contact our office at 918.274.4466 or complete our online form.