IV sedation dentistry can provide a number of benefits to dental patients. This type of anesthesia can minimize the fear and anxiety you experience at the dentist, allow for a large amount of dental work to be completed in fewer visits, and improve your opinion of going to the dentist over time. If you find yourself in a situation where you have negative feelings about going to the dentist or need extensive dental work then the benefits of IV sedation are worth exploring.
Minimize the fear and anxiety you experience at the dentist
IV sedation is a great tool for patients who experience fear and anxiety about going to the dentist. This type of anesthesia can minimize fear and anxiety. The anesthesiologist will ensure that you are relaxed throughout the visit so you do not have to experience negative feelings. You will not be completely under anesthesia with IV sedation but rather in a semi-conscious and very relaxed state. You will be able to respond to commands by the dentist but will not feel anxious during the appointment.
Allows for a large amount of dental work to be completed in fewer visits
A big benefit of IV sedation dentistry is that it allows for a large amount of dental work to be completed in fewer visits. This means that you can get years’ worth of neglected dental work completed in a couple of appointments. You can stay under IV sedation for much longer than you would typically be able to sit for dental procedures. This allows the dentist to work without being concerned that the long length of time is making you uncomfortable. If you need more or less sedation during any of the procedures the anesthesiologist will adjust it accordingly.
Improve your opinion of going to the dentist over time
A benefit of IV sedation dentistry that can develop over time is an improved opinion of going to the dentist. When you use IV sedation during a dentist’s appointment it helps you feel relaxed. The whole experience goes from stressful to neutral. The sights, sounds, smells, and fears that commonly accompany you at your dental visits will be muted by the effects of IV sedation anesthesia. The effect of this over time can help reduce the negative feelings you have toward the dentist.
The benefits that IV sedation dentistry can provide make it an option worth considering if you fall into any of the categories mentioned above. It can be truly transformative for people who have negative feelings about the dentist and/or need to have a lot of work completed. If you want to learn more about IV sedation dentistry, you can find resources on the Samuels Dental Arts website.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.