One of the primary functions of IV sedation anesthesia is to help anxious patients get the dental work they need. This type of sedation can help you feel relaxed while at the dentist instead of fearful and anxious. If you struggle with a serious fear of the dentist then you can ask for IV sedation anesthesia for any type of dental work you need. While IV sedation anesthesia is available for any type of dental work, there are some types of procedures for which it is more commonly used. For example, some people can deal with routine dental work but need IV sedation for procedures like fillings, root canals, and the root scaling and planing that comes along with deep cleanings. Cosmetic procedures like getting crowns, implants and veneers are also commonly accompanied by IV sedation for fearful patients. Learning about the types of dental work can help you determine the situations in which you will require IV sedation anesthesia.
Common dental procedures
IV sedation anesthesia is an option for many of the most common dental procedures. This includes fillings, root canals, and deep cleanings. It is often these so called ‘routine’ procedures that cause anxious patients the most fear. If you had a bad experience with one of these procedures in the past then your expectation may be that any future experiences will be equally negative. The only way to get over the negative situation from the past is to have new and better experiences in the future. IV sedation can help you feel calm and relaxed while at the dentist. The sounds, sights, and feelings that would normally hold you back from visiting the dentist for these types of procedures will be muted thanks to the effects of IV sedation.
The description of ‘cosmetic dentistry’ encompasses a wide range of procedures from simple-teeth whitening-to complex-dental implants. All of the procedures in the category are aimed to give you a smile that looks great. The fact that you suffer from a fear of going to the dentist does not mean that you care less than others about how your teeth look. Fortunately, IV sedation anesthesia can be used during cosmetic procedures so you have the opportunity to get the smile of your dreams.
There is no shame in needing IV sedation anesthesia for any or all of your dental work. The reality is that fear of the dentist is a major issue for many adults in the US. Putting off the dental work you need because of fear can lead to pain, tooth loss, and even major medical issues. But, by working with a dentist who offers IV sedation anesthesia you can overcome your anxiety and prevent the problems that come along with neglecting your dental care.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.