Intravenous (IV) Sedation is a completely safe form of anesthesia that can help patients overcome dental anxiety. IV sedation causes you to become semi-conscious, allowing you to enter a state of relaxation. While you are sedated, you are not fully asleep; you can still respond to verbal commands and gentle touches. IV sedation is administered through your vein, unlike the topical freezing you would typically get at the dentist when getting some treatments like a filling.
What To Expect
Prior to your visit, your dentist may instruct you to avoid eating or drinking 6-8 hours prior to your appointment. They may also ask you to stop taking certain medications or provide a complete medical history. You will need to have a driver ready to pick you up after your appointment.
Once your appointment begins, a dentist will place the IV in your hand or arm. They will monitor your pulse, breathing, and blood pressure and will make sure you are sedated before they begin your dental procedure or cleaning.
After your appointment, your dentist will provide you with any possible post-procedure instructions, such as avoiding strenuous activity, alcohol, and unapproved medications for 24 hours. Although complications after the procedure are rare, contact your dentist if you experience any.
Is IV Sedation Right For You?
If you experience moderate to high dental anxiety, require more painful dental work, have a strong gag reflex, or must undergo a longer or multiple dental procedures, IV sedation might be your solution. Talk to your dentist at Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre today to find out if IV sedation is right for you.
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