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How to Determine if IV Sedation is Right for You

Posted by Peter Samuels on December 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM EST

IV Sedation DentistryIV sedation is an anesthesia option that can help many types of people get back to the dentist. People avoid the dentist for a number of reasons including fear, anxiety, and concern over the level of work required. Each one of the concerns can be addressed and overcome with the help of IV sedation anesthesia. Do you struggle to get to the dentist because of fear or anxiety? Are you embarrassed about the amount of dental work you need completed? If you fit into any of these categories, IV sedation may be right for you.

You avoid the dentist because of fear

Fear of the dentist develops for a variety of reasons. You may have developed a fear of the dentist because of a bad dental experience in your childhood. Traumatic childhood dental experiences are often the root cause of fear of the dentist. Your fear of the dentist may be rooted in a general fear of experiencing pain. Or, perhaps you are afraid of getting a negative report at the dentist so you avoid going altogether. The reasons behind fear of the dentist can vary but the end result is the same – avoidance. If you avoid going to the dentist because of fear, IV sedation may be right for you. IV sedation can help you feel relaxed and calm during your dental visit. You can avoid the overwhelming fear that generally occurs for you in the dental chair with the help of IV sedation.

You avoid the dentist because of anxiety

General anxiety can also keep you out of the dentist. If you feel anxious about new situations it could be enough to keep you away from the dentist. You may not even be able to pinpoint why you feel anxious about going. In these situations, IV sedation anesthesia can help. IV sedation can help you manage your anxiety in the dentist’s office so you can get the exam and work you need done completed.

You avoid the dentist because you need a lot of work done

If you are avoiding the dentist because you have a lot of work you need done – IV sedation can help. IV sedation anesthesia makes it possible for you to get years’ worth of dental work completed in as little as one or two visits. This can truly be transformative if you have been avoiding this dental work for a long time. If part of your reason for avoiding the dentist is embarrassment, remember that your dentist’s overarching goal is to restore the look and function of your smile.

If you fall into one of the three categories mentioned above, then IV sedation is right for you. In the Gettysburg, PA area, Samuels Dental Arts is one of the few places that offers IV sedation anesthesia. Schedule an appointment to discuss the option of IV sedation and how it can work to meet your dental care needs.    

Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

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