IV sedation dentistry, like the name sounds, is a form of anesthesia given to patients intravenously before a dental procedure. IV sedation, also referred to as conscious sedation, does not put someone entirely to sleep. IV conscious sedation institutes a state and sensation of deep relaxation, with the goal of disarming and soothing the patient, allowing them to not be concerned with what’s going on.
During intravenous conscious sedation (IV sedation), an anti-anxiety or sedative medication is administered during dental treatment, which absorbs into the bloodstream right away. This method has been proven to relax the patient, enabling the dentist to efficiently and successfully treat someone with dental anxiety. And you don’t have to have a dental phobia to experience IV sedation dentistry, as the process helps minimize pain, and provide a more efficient workspace so the dentist can get more done in a single visit.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some people fear going to the dentist so much, that they lose sleep and excessively worry. Dental anxiety is common, with millions of Americans missing appointments, or avoiding seeing a dentist all together, due to fear. In other words, for people who avoid dentists, IV sedation dentistry may be the answer to their prayers. This method may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures such as wisdom teeth removal to a simple routine cleaning.
Being in the dental chair can often make people uncomfortable, and not knowing what to expect can also be a huge source of anxiety for many people. There are many times where people feel afraid simply because they don’t know what is going on. However, routine dental checkups and maintaining a healthy mouth and smile are very important for your long-term health and happiness. The dental office of Dr. Ernie Soto will ease your fears about IV sedation dentistry by educating patients about the process, what it is used for, and the many benefits it comes with.
IV sedation is not dangerous, but there are always risks to any procedure. That is why, as mentioned before, Dr. Soto will review your medical history and do a full dental exam and consultation before making any decisions. This way, you can ask all the necessary questions, and feel fully confident before undergoing IV sedation.
The main goal of IV sedation dentistry is to make the patient more comfortable, and enable the dentist to offer precise and efficient dental treatment. Dr. Ernie Soto and his team will give you the beautiful smile that you have always wanted, and most importantly, make you feel comfortable and relaxed during your dental treatment.
To learn more about IV sedation dentistry, call Dr. Ernie Soto at (954) 368-6264 to request an appointment.