Calm your nerves with sedation dentistry
Learn how sedation can help calm the nerves you feel while in the dentist's chair.
If just the thought of going to the dentist raises your blood pressure or breaks you out in a cold sweat, you're not alone. It's estimated that up to 20% of American adults totally avoid visiting the dentist due to anxiety about the equipment, the anesthesia or the pain. However, this aversion can backfire; more serious problems can develop if dental problems are ignored, potentially causing unnecessary pain and expense if a dental emergency happens.
The team at Townesquare Dental in Rigby, Idaho understands these common fears. Offering their patients conscious sedation via IV provides a mild but highly effective way of easing dental anxiety.
How sedation dentistry works
IV, short for intravenous, means that medication is administered into a vein. A tiny needle is placed directly under the skin into a vein, typically near your elbow or on the back of your hand. You may be given a supplemental sedative in the form of nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") or a topical anesthetic if you have concerns about the IV insertion.
The sedatives will take effect very soon after the IV placement because they will be delivered directly to your bloodstream. Most patients do not recall much about the procedure past this point. Although this technique is sometimes known as "sleep dentistry," you do not actually fall asleep during this process. Conscious sedatives bring on feelings of deep relaxation that ensure you are comfortable and anxiety-free and allow Dr. George or Dr. Allen to perform necessary dental work easily.
Immediately following the procedure, your Eastern Idaho dentist will turn off the medication and remove the IV. Many patients are happy to discover that they are fairly alert after their dental work is completed. However, a friend or family member is required to drive you home from Townesquare Dental in Rigby, as the medicine is not totally eliminated from your system until 24 hours after the end of your appointment. You should plan on staying home and resting during that time frame.
It is important to understand that IV sedation is typically used only if a patient does not respond as well with oral sedatives or nitrous oxide. Consulting your Rigby dentist will help make the determination about which relaxation technique is best for your unique needs.