IV sedation is a type of anesthesia offered at select dental practices. This type of sedation is administered intravenously and monitored in office by an anesthesiologist. During IV sedation, patients maintain a certain level of consciousness which allows them to respond to questions or commands if needed. The anesthesia helps patient feel calm and relaxed during procedures that may otherwise cause anxiety. It can also allow the dentist to perform years’ worth of dental work in one or two appointments. IV sedation anesthesia is an option for many different types of dental work including many cosmetic procedures.
Who can benefit from IV sedation anesthesia?
People who have anxiety about going to the dentist and those who need extensive dental work can benefit from IV sedation anesthesia. There are many patients who fit into both of these groups. Patients who are afraid of the dentist often avoid going which leads to more and more dental problems. Many of the dental issues that occur from this type of neglect can be addressed with cosmetic procedures.
Which procedures have IV sedation anesthesia as an option?
For patients that suffer from severe dental anxiety, IV sedation is an option for any and all dental procedures-even if a dental procedure is considered minimally invasive or routine. The point is to help fearful patients stop avoiding the dentist and get them the care they need. Some cosmetic procedures take a while to complete which can cause anxiety in fearful patients. IV sedation anesthesia can be used in those situations to help the patient feel calm and make the procedure seem to go by quickly.
How to decide when IV sedation anesthesia is necessary.
There is no one size fits all solution to getting dental care. Some patients can get routine care with no problems but have anxiety at the thought of more extensive dental work. Other patients cannot tolerate any level of dental intervention without fear and anxiety. The decision to use IV sedation anesthesia has to be made on a case by case basis with the specific needs of the patient in mind. The good news is that this option is available for patients who need routine or cosmetic dental work.
IV sedation anesthesia is an option with cosmetic dental procedures and just about any other type of dental work. Fearful patients no longer have to choose between experiencing anxiety and getting the dental care they need. IV sedation can help fearful patients get the cosmetic dental work they have been wanting but have been hesitant to pursue.
If fear has been holding you back from getting the cosmetic dental work you want then it is time to learn more about IV sedation anesthesia. You can schedule a time to talk about this option in depth with one of the dentists at Samuels Dental Arts.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.