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What Types of Dental Procedures Have IV Sedation as an Option?

Posted by Peter Samuels on May 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM EDT

What Types of Dental Procedures Have IV Sedation as an Option?

For fearful dental patients, IV sedation makes many types of dental procedures that they could not tolerate in the past an option. Restorative procedures, cosmetic procedures, endodontics, and even preventative care have IV sedation as an option. The situations in which you use IV sedation will depend on how much dental work you can tolerate without feeling overwhelming anxiety and fear.

Restorative procedures

Restorative dental procedures are designed to restore your teeth back to a place where they function properly, appear normal, and are free of pain. Some restorative procedures can be completed quickly with minimal downtime, such as a filling. Other restorative procedures are more complex and may even require multiple visits to the dentist. Examples of complex procedures include the dental bridge, crowns, and implants. You can use IV sedation for any of the procedures that fall under restorative dentistry. In situations where you need complex restorative procedures IV sedation can allow you to get everything done in as little as one or two visits.

Cosmetic procedures

Cosmetic dental procedures are concerned mainly with how your teeth look. Discolored or damaged teeth can lead to feelings of anxiety and embarrassment. Cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers, tooth colored fillings, porcelain onlays, and crowns can help you get a smile that you are proud to show off. As with restorative dentistry, cosmetic procedures can range from quick and simple to complex. IV sedation is an option for fearful patients who want to have cosmetic dental procedures.

Endodontic procedures

Endodontics is an area of dentistry that is focused on saving teeth. The most well-known procedure in this area of dentistry is the root canal. If there is a dental procedure ranked ‘most likely to induce fear’ it is probably the root canal. If you have teeth that you are at risk for losing, IV sedation can be used to help you tolerate the procedures needed to save them.

Preventative care

Preventative dental care is all of the things that happen at your routine dental visits. Dental cleanings and x-rays are two common elements of preventative dental care. If you have so much dental anxiety that you are unable to handle preventative care then IV sedation is an option. Oftentimes people who have this level of anxiety have been avoiding the dentist for years and need extensive dental work. You can talk to your dentist about getting your preventative care and other necessary procedures completed at the same time with the help of IV sedation.

Having the option of IV sedation for a wide range of dental procedures can be truly life-changing for fearful patients. You can use it for the most basic dental procedures involved in preventative care all the way up to the most complex such as root canals and implants. If fear has been holding you back from getting the dental care you need it is time to seriously consider IV sedation dentistry.  

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

Topics: Cosmetic Dentistry, Sedation dentistry

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