IV sedation anesthesia is an option that some dentists offer to their patients. Who is this type of anesthesia designed for? There are a number of reasons why a person may need or choose IV sedation anesthesia. If someone has anxiety during dental visits or completely avoids the dentist due to fear the IV sedation should be seriously considered. It is also a great option for people who find themselves needing a significant amount of dental work.
Consider IV sedation anesthesia as a way to reduce anxiety and fear during dental visits
There are some people who will go to the dentist but remain in a state of fear and panic the entire time. They get the work done that they need but the entire experience is traumatic. If you fall into that group then IV sedation anesthesia may be a good option for you. This type of anesthesia can eliminate the anxiety you feel in the dental chair. It helps you feel calm without putting you completely to sleep. You will still be able to respond to the directions of your dentist while under this type of anesthesia. If you struggle significantly with fear and anxiety every time you go to the dentist for an appointment then it is time to consider IV sedation anesthesia.
Consider IV sedation anesthesia as a way to start going to the dentist
There are some people who are so debilitated by their fear and anxiety surrounding the dentist that they avoid going altogether. They may suffer for years with painful oral problems because of their avoidance of the dentist. If you fall into this group then you are putting your oral and overall health at risk with your avoidance. IV sedation anesthesia can be transformative for people who suffer with severe dental anxiety. It will help you feel calm during the appointment and can even make time seem to go by more quickly. If you have been avoiding the dentist completely because of your fear then you should consider IV sedation anesthesia.
Consider IV sedation anesthesia as a way to get extensive dental work completed
There are a number of reasons why people allow their need for dental work to build up over time. As mentioned above, some people avoid the dentist completely out of fear. Other people put off going to the dentist because of perceived cost. Others simply do not make the time to go to regular appointments. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, IV sedation anesthesia can help. Under IV sedation you can often have years’ worth of neglected dental work completed in one or two visits.
Listed above are the top three reasons someone should consider IV sedation anesthesia. But, they are not the only situations where this type of anesthesia is a good option. If you are considering IV sedation anesthesia then schedule a time to talk to your dentist about the specifics of your situation so you can make a decision that meets your needs.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.