Have you heard about IV sedation as an anesthesia option when you go to the dentist? If not, keep reading to learn all about this anesthesia option and how it can benefit you. If you have heard of IV sedation you likely have some pressing questions that you want answered before you determine if it is the right option for you.
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation is a type of anesthesia that is administered intravenously. When you are under IV sedation you are not completely unaware. You can respond to simple commands given to you by the dentist or anesthesiologist. IV sedation allows you to feel calm during your dental visit and makes it possible for the dentist to complete extensive dental work in one or two visits. The anesthesiologist monitors you while you are receiving IV sedation and can adjust the levels based on your needs.
Who can benefit from IV sedation?
Anyone who needs dental work completed can benefit from IV sedation. It is especially beneficial for people who struggle with dental fear, have general anxiety, and those who need extensive dental work completed. Fear of the dentist is an issue that is familiar to many adults. A negative or painful experience at the dentist in the past can make it difficult to go back. Some people have general anxiety about new situations, the potential for pain, or simply feeling out of control while getting dental work. Those who need extensive dental work may avoid the dentist because the amount of work they need feels overwhelming. IV sedation can help in all of these situations. If you are avoiding the dentist for any of these reasons – or another related reason – you may be a good candidate for IV sedation anesthesia.
Where is IV Sedation available?
IV sedation is not available at every dental office. This type of anesthesia requires a level of preparation and commitment that some dentists are unable to dedicate. In order to offer IV sedation, a dental office must have the necessary equipment and personnel. This includes having an anesthesiologist available to administer the sedation. In Gettysburg, PA Samuels Dental Arts is one of the few places where you have IV sedation as an anesthesia option.
If it has been a while since your last visit to the dentist, think about what is holding you back. If it is fear, anxiety, or worry about the condition of your teeth then IV sedation may be a great option for you. You can learn even more about IV sedation on the Samuels Dental Arts website and blog. When you are ready to explore this option more deeply – or want to get started – schedule a time to meet with Dr. Samuels or Dr. Berger to discuss your needs.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.