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What is sedation dentistry?

April 24, 2022
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Sedation dentistry works for people that are anxious about their visits to the dentist. Sedation dentistry uses a moderate level of sedation to calm down anxious patients. In this state of conscious sedation, patients are aware of the procedure being performed, but they do not feel the pain. In some cases, sedation dentistry may induce temporary forgetfulness.

There are different levels to sedation dentistry. Oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide sedation, and IV (intravenous) sedation are standard levels prescribed for patients. The right type of sedation for a patient depends on factors such as the patient’s general health and the dental procedure.

What is Intravenous (IV) Sedation Dentistry?

Intravenous or IV sedation dentistry is performed on patients that suffer from severe anxiety about dentist visits. IV method is also recommended for patients that have to undergo an extensive dental process at one go.

IV sedation offers the most intense form of conscious sedation. IV sedation patients remember little or nothing about the process.

In an IV procedure, sedative medications are administered in intravenous or IV form. The medicine enters the patient’s bloodstream directly. Blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels are continuously monitored through the process.

The dosage of sedation may be adjusted depending on the above parameters. If needed, your dentist may administer reversal medications.

A dentist with specialized training may administer sedation. Usually, a certified anesthesiologist at the dentist’s office administers sedation.

Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry

In addition to relaxing you during a dental procedure you dread, an IV form of sedation dentistry has invaluable benefits:

Fast-Acting Sedation

As sedation medication is administered intravenously, the effect is almost immediate. You will feel calmer quickly. The feeling of relaxation is also deeper.

With sedation administered orally or through inhalation, the calming effect can take longer to set in. With IV, you will not have to dread waiting in the dental chair.

Easy Dosage Customization

IV sedation enables your healthcare provider to deliver a sedation dosage that works best for your anxiety levels. Adjusting dosage levels is easier in this method. The result is that you achieve a state of calmness faster.

At [client name], we have certified anesthesiologists that monitor sedation levels and adjust them according to patient needs. Together, we ensure a safe and effective level of sedation for our patients.

It keeps you Awake without Having to Feel the Pain or Discomfort

With IV sedation, you do not become entirely unconscious as with general anesthesia. You will be conscious enough to understand verbal communications from the dentist. The benefit is that you do not experience severe pain or discomfort.

No Health Risks

Anxiety regarding dental procedures can keep you away from essential dental visits. This can compromise your dental health. With IV sedation, you can manage your fear of dental visits better, making you more likely to schedule regular visits to the dentist. With IV sedation, you can feel safe and at ease.

Patients that Benefit Most from IV Sedation

While it is true that needs vary from patient to patient, a few common reasons make IV sedation the best solution for some patients.

If you experience any of the following, then you benefit most from an IV sedation:

  • Hold an extreme fear for dental visits or procedures
  • Pain tolerance levels are low
  • Possess an oversensitive gag reflex
  • Have tooth sensitivity
  • An inability to sit still in a dental chair
  • Low response to numbing agents such as local anesthesia
  • Need a lengthy dental procedure
  • Need to undergo multiple dental procedures simultaneously

How to Prepare for IV Sedation and Post-Procedural Care?

  • Avoid consuming anything solid or liquid at least 6 hours before your appointment
  • In some cases, you may be required to discontinue the use of certain medications such as blood thinners a few days before IV sedation
  • Avoid makeup, jewelry, and movement-restrictive clothes for the procedure
  • Call in a friend to take you home after the procedure
  • Take lighter liquids if you want to eat after the procedure. Proceed to slightly heavier foods such as milkshakes a few hours later, once the numbness from sedation wears off. You can return to your normal diet usually after a month.
  • Rest. It usually takes 24 hours for IV sedation patients to recover fully

According to American Dental Association, 22% of adults cite being “afraid of dentist” as a reason for not making regular dental visits. Avoiding visits to the dentist makes you more vulnerable to tooth decay, gum infections, and even mouth cancers.

Sedation dentistry is an invaluable technique to maintain your oral health without fearing your time on the dentist’s chair. Contact Ashraf Dentistry today for more information.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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