For a small percentage of people, dental treatments can be so anxiety-inducing that it makes it virtually impossible for them to get even the most basic forms of care completed. In other circumstances, patients may need a large amount of treatment, and services like sedation can make the entire process a whole lot easier. Whether you suffer from severe dental anxiety, you have a sensitive gag reflex or pain tolerance, or you simply have a lot of dental work to complete, IV sedation from a dentist in St. John could be the answer. Contact Dr. Scott Kapers and Dr. Sara Jackson at Creating Smiles today to get started!
Essentially, sedation dentistry is a common dental technique designed to make patients feel at ease during their dental appointment. For millions of Americans, dental treatments can be very difficult to complete because they either feel nervous or anxious about the sights, sounds and other stimuli related to dental offices. This can include the sounds and sensations of drills or even the smell of the office itself. In many cases, people develop these fears because of a previous negative experience, especially if it occurred at a young age. Our dentists do whatever they can to make you feel comfortable and prepared for care, but they also offer sedation dentistry if staying calm is simply too difficult.
While other methods involve inhaling gas through a nasal mask or taking a sedative orally, IV sedation is performed intravenously. This means that a small tube is inserted into your arm or hand, then a fluid is transported from a small vial through the tube and into your bloodstream directly. Not only is this the most powerful form of sedation dentistry available, but it works instantaneously. It also makes it easier for our team members to add more or less depending on your comfort levels.
IV sedation is ideal for a number of reasons. While it is most effective for those with dental anxiety, it’s also perfect for those who have mental disabilities and cannot sit still in the dental chair or keep their mouth open for long periods of time. If you need a large amount of dental work performed, such as a series of restorations, multiple dental implants, or extensive root canal therapy/wisdom tooth removal, IV sedation makes the entire process easy.
Furthermore, most patients report that IV sedation makes it close to impossible to remember exactly what happened during their treatment. That means if the stimuli surrounding your treatment is what makes it more difficult than anything to get care completed, you’ll benefit greatly from IV sedation.
Just keep in mind that because of the strength of IV sedation, you will need a friend or family member to drive you from your appointment as the effects can take several hours to wear off.
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