IV sedation dentistry helps patients who need a significant amount of dental work get it done in just a couple of visits. It is a great option for fearful patients who need complicated procedures. Oftentimes the level of dental work needed for these patients is significant because they have avoided the dentist for years due to fear. But, patients who need serious dental work are not the only ones who can benefit from IV sedation. IV sedation is also an option for patients who want to have cosmetic dental procedures performed. The reality is that some cosmetic procedures do require time to complete and it may be difficult for fearful patients to withstand the time needed for such procedures. In these situations, IV sedation can be used to help you get the dental work you need without experiencing anxiety and fear. IV sedation can be helpful during cosmetic procedures such as porcelain crowns, dental implants, and tooth-colored fillings.
Porcelain crowns are a recreation of natural teeth and can be designed to integrate seamlessly with your natural teeth. There are a number of situations in which you may want to get crowns on one or more teeth. They can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth and restore shape, size, and strength. Porcelain crowns are used to restore broken teeth, protect weak teeth, hold a permanent bridge in place, and improve the esthetics of your smile. The traditional method of preparing your natural teeth for crowns and then placing the crowns requires more than one visit to the dentist. This can be problematic if you suffer from dental phobia. Porcelain crowns are a cosmetic procedure where the use of IV sedation can be extremely helpful.
Dental implants are considered a cosmetic dental procedure but they can impact much more than how your teeth look. Dental implants replace missing teeth and can restore your smile and your ability to do everyday activities, like eating, more comfortably. The process of getting dental implants involves having a titanium post surgically placed beneath your gums. This allows the implant to fuse to your bone and act as a replacement root. Getting dental implants will take time and can be anxiety provoking for fearful patients. If you are terrified at the thought of having anything ‘surgical’ done at the dentist then IV sedation is a great option.
Advances in technology and materials have given dental patients more options when it comes to dealing with cavities. You can now opt to have tooth-colored fillings instead of the dark metal fillings of the past. Tooth-colored fillings look much better because they are virtually undetectable with the naked eye. Fearful patients who need fillings often use IV sedation anesthesia during their procedure.
When you go to a dentist that offers IV sedation you are working with someone who recognizes the impact of dental phobia. You do not have to live with dental issues or be unhappy with how your teeth look because you are afraid. You can use IV sedation during any and all cosmetic dental procedures that you want or need to have completed.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.