IV sedation anesthesia can help a variety of people get back into the dentist on a regular basis. It is a type of sedation that is administered in-office by an anesthesiologist. You are closely monitored while under IV sedation and it can be adjusted as needed. You should consider IV sedation anesthesia if you are fearful of the dentist due to a bad experience, have general anxiety that prevents you from going to the dentist, or if you have a significant amount of dental work that you need completed.
Fear of the dentist
There are many people who fear the dentist because of a previous bad experience. For some, the fear of the dentist stems from a traumatic visit during childhood. These memories can be strong and are often enough to create an avoidance of the dentist. If you have a fear of the dentist that you simply cannot overcome on your own, then you should consider IV sedation anesthesia. IV sedation will help you feel more relaxed and calmer while you are at the dentist. Many patients who have a specific fear of the dentist find that IV sedation helps them overcome that fear while in the office so they can get the dental work they need.
General anxiety can also keep people from going to the dentist. Anxiety about new situations, the potential for pain, or the unknown in general can hold people back. If you struggle with anxiety at the thought of going to the dentist – and all of the unknowns involved – you may find it difficult to schedule and show up to an appointment. IV sedation anesthesia can be helpful in this type of situation. IV sedation can give anxious patients a relaxed feeling throughout the dental visit. If you can get yourself to the dentist, IV sedation will make it much easier to stay and follow through with your appointment.
Significant dental work
If you need a significant amount of dental work, then you should consider IV sedation anesthesia. Under IV sedation your dentist can perform years’ worth of dental work in as little as one or two visits. The reason this is possible is because you are under the care of an anesthesiologist during your appointment. The anesthesiologist can adjust your sedation as needed which allows you to stay in the office for a longer period of time than with options such as nitrous oxide. IV sedation anesthesia can make the process of catching up on your dental work much easier.
If you fall into any of the categories mentioned above, you should consider IV sedation anesthesia. You can learn more about this process on the Samuels Dental Arts blog. In addition, you can schedule a time to tour the office and meet the dentists and staff. Many patients dealing with anxiety and fear have found it helpful to do an office visit before scheduling an appointment.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.