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IV Sedation Anesthesia 101: What is It and Is It Right for You?

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

IV Sedation Anesthesia 101

IV sedation is an anesthesia option that select dental offices offer to patients. It has helped many people who have avoided the dentist in the past start making (and keeping) regular appointments once again. Learning the basics of what IV sedation anesthesia has to offer will help you decide if it is the right option for you.

What is IV sedation anesthesia?

IV sedation anesthesia is a type of anesthesia that is administered intravenously and monitored by an anesthesiologist. You can receive this type of anesthesia during your dental appointment. IV sedation is different than general anesthesia because it does not put you completely under. You remain in a semi-conscious state where you can follow simple commands given to you by the dentist or anesthesiologist. You will feel calm and relaxed while under IV sedation and avoid the discomfort that you normally experience at the thought of going to the dentist.

Is it right for you?

IV sedation anesthesia is a great option for people who suffer with fear or anxiety about going to the dentist or having dental procedures. It is also a beneficial choice for people who need to have a significant amount of dental work completed. If you fit into any of these categories, then IV sedation anesthesia is worth considering. Has it been more than six months since your last routine dental appointment? Does the thought of scheduling and going to a dental appointment fill you with anxiety or dread? Do you need an extensive amount of dental work because you have avoided the dentist for a long time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, IV sedation anesthesia may be able to help you get back on track.

How to find a dentist who offers IV sedation anesthesia

IV sedation anesthesia is not offered in all dental offices. It takes a lot of additional time and effort to put the necessary elements in place to offer this type of anesthesia. Dentists who offer it are committed to working with patients who avoid the dentist because of anxiety or fear. It may take a little more effort to find a dentist who offers IV sedation anesthesia, but it is worth that extra time if you have been avoiding the dentist. Explore the websites of the dentists you are considering and make phone calls to find out if IV sedation anesthesia is an option they provide.

If you are in the Gettysburg, PA area, you can find a dentist who offers IV sedation anesthesia at Samuels Dental Arts. You can learn more about the anesthesia and dental procedures options available at Samuels Dental Arts on the website under blog and procedures. 

IV sedation anesthesia helps anxious and fearful patients get the dental work they need without suffering from serious emotional distress. If you find yourself avoiding the dentist, IV sedation is an option you should consider. There are a number of serious and long-term consequences that come with avoiding professional dental care. IV sedation anesthesia can help you get your oral health back on track.

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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