Benefits of IV Sedation
It is not unusual for people to complain about going to the dentist or even feel a little bit nervous as a dental appointment approaches. While most patients overcome these minor nerves, for others, dental anxiety is a real problem. Countless individuals have let the health and beauty of their smile deteriorate because they experience so much fear and anxiety about undergoing professional dental care. Individuals with severe dental anxiety may be ideal candidates for IV sedation. IV sedation provides patients with a deep state of relaxation and comfort, so they can undergo dental exams, cleanings, or treatments without a sense of fear or stress. At Silvers Family Dental Care, the benefits of IV sedation have helped many of our Harrisburg, PA, patients finally achieve the healthy, attractive smile they desire.
For many with dental anxiety, just stepping foot inside a dental office can cause stress. That is why it is important to provide fast-acting relief from dental anxiety. IV sedation takes effect almost immediately after entering the bloodstream. However, patients should understand that IV sedation does require the use of a needle. Prior to placing the IV, the skin is numbed with a topical cream. This virtually eliminates any discomfort while the IV is placed. As soon as the IV is in place, the sedative is administered, and the patient will begin to feel relaxed. The effects of IV sedation kick in almost immediately and may last for several hours after the dental appointment, so the patient will not experience any anxiety or pain for the duration of the treatment.
Effective and Customizable
IV sedation is one of the most effective forms of sedation offered at our dental practice. Another advantage is that it is completely customizable. We are able to administer just enough sedative to achieve the state of relaxation we desire. Once this state has been achieved, the feed of sedative is shut off. Under the effects of IV sedation, patients will remain alert and will be able to answer any questions and respond to commands. However, they will feel completely relaxed and free of worry. This allows patients to comfortably undergo dental care without being overly groggy or sedated.
Improved Oral Health
Perhaps the greatest benefit of IV sedation is that it allows patients to improve their oral health and finally get the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve. With the administration of IV sedation, patients with even the most severe dental anxiety should feel comfortable enough to undergo basic dental treatments, such as cleanings and exams, or more invasive procedures, such as dental fillings, dental crowns, and root canal therapy. Because the patient remains under the effects of IV sedation for some time, they may even be able to undergo multiple procedures at once. This can cut down on the number of dental appointments required to restore the health, function, and aesthetics of the smile.
If you suffer from dental anxiety and would like to learn how IV sedation could allow you to receive vital dental care in comfort and relaxation, contact us at your earliest convenience. Dr. Warren D. Silvers III is happy to provide you with more information about IV sedation and the other forms of dental sedation offered at Silvers Family Dental Care. We look forward to hearing from you!