Sedation dentistry makes oral health care available to those who are simply unable to undergo regular appointments under typical circumstances. It offers options for:
The ability to once again receive proactive dental care is a life-changing event for many of our patients. Although a number of them are initially hesitant or even ashamed to return to a dentist after many years of being forced to watch their deteriorating oral health, our team’s approach and understanding makes them feel welcome and comfortable within the first appointment or two.
Though many of our patients come for the first time when they are experiencing severe dental pain, they quickly discover that sedation dentistry allows them to proactively take control over their dental health and helps them avoid the emergency care that they initially sought out.
In addition, IV sedation is often used on patients that are quite comfortable with traditional dentistry but are faced with particularly lengthy or invasive procedures. Patients prefer the added comfort that IV sedation provide when they will be having their impacted wisdom teeth extracted or are about to have a number of dental implants placed. Procedures that are traditionally quite uncomfortable and taxing become very manageable.
We have discussed when sedation dentistry can be helpful, but we haven’t really talked about how it works. Effectively, IV sedation uses anti-anxiety sedatives to make the dental appointment quite pleasant and “uneventful”. The effects of the intravenous drugs used include inducing a deep state of relaxation, creating a care-free disposition and bringing about full or partial memory loss. As a result, patients that choose IV sedation are fully relaxed prior to treatment and do not remember most, or all of the experience. It is this lack of memory associated with the experience that often leads IV sedation to be coined, “Sleep Dentistry”.