A Pain-Free and Relaxing Dental Experience
If you have fear of having any dental treatment and would rather have dental work done without the feeling of anxiety, intravenous sedation may be suitable for you. We have successfully used this approach with many of our patients who have had a positive experience with the treatment. Being nervous about an upcoming medical procedure is an issue that impacts many patients.
Intravenous Conscious Sedation, also known as sleep dentistry or twilight sleep, is when an IV drug is administered into the blood system during dental treatment. This drug is administered by a qualified anaesthetist who is conveniently organised for you by our staff.
Consciousness is retained during the sedation so that you will be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist. In most operations, this includes simple commands like opening your mouth, moving your tongue, and standing up after the operation is completed.
However, rest assured you will not remember much (or anything at all) about the dental treatment because the IV sedation drugs induces a state of deep relaxation and produces either partial or full memory loss for the period of time only when the drug is in use.
As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and many people remember nothing at all. Hence you may feel as if you were “asleep” during the procedure. In effect you will be able to have all your dental work completed with comfort and your mind put at ease. Having little memory of an operation is great for serious procedures and anyone who gets squeamish when thinking about such things.
Not only will you feel deeply relaxed throughout the operation, but you also won’t be able to feel any pain. Both of these results is what makes intravenous sedation such a popular option among a wide range of patients.
Drowsiness is a side effect immediately after the IV drugs have worn off and therefore essential that a driver is arranged to drop you off before and collect you after treatment. Similarly, you won’t be able to return to work the same day as your intravenous sedation is administered.
Just let your dentist know if you would like to be offered dental treatment in this way. We can explain the option in more detail and help you determine if it is the right solution for you or your loved one. If you are taking any medication, it is important to let your dentist know this before intravenous sedation is administered. If you have any questions about intravenous sedation, contact our offices today.