Why Dentists Offer IV Sedation

Posted by Dr. Soto Sep 13, 2019

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Many people have a natural dislike of going to a dentist’s office, because their mouth remains wide open for extended periods of time while tools are being used to work on your teeth and gums. It does not feel very natural.

In order to get past this dislike and instead make a dental visit quite pleasant, many dentists now offer IV (intravenous) sedation even for regular dental checkups. We all know that IV sedation is used in dentistry for extensive dental work, but this method is now also being employed in order to keep patients comfortable during regular dental visits – that is, if they wish. All you have to do is ask.

Dental sedation is such a mild type of sedative that it does not require an anesthesiologist to administer. Your dentist is qualified to administer this safe type of sedative.

Let’s talk about what IV sedation dentistry entails and how it might benefit you or someone in your family who may have a secret fear of the dentist.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

IV sedation dentistry creates an induced lessening of consciousness. Patients are still able to respond to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by a light tap.

It is easy for a dentist to administer, it takes just moments to take effect, and it allows rapid recovery after the procedure or checkup is complete. From a patient’s perspective, the benefits are that it helps to:

  • Reduce or eliminate anxiety
  • Increase tolerance for longer dental appointments as necessary
  • Reduce the gag reflex
  • Make the dental checkup seem quick

Levels of Sedation 

If you have requested to have IV sedation during your dental appointment, there are several different levels of how sedated you may be:

Minimal Sedation – You will still be awake and aware, but you will feel very relaxed. You will be able to answer the dentist’s questions and follow directions, such as raising your hand.

Moderate Sedation – You will feel drowsy and may even fall asleep during the procedure. After it is over, you may recall certain moments that occurred during the procedure.

Deep Sedation – While technically you are not unconscious, you will sleep through the procedure just as you sleep at night. You will have little to no memory of what occurred.

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Patients who have put off going to the dentist out of fear and anxiety – until they have dental problems – are ideal candidates for sedation dentistry. IV sedation isn’t only for patients who need to have a filling, a root canal, or a wisdom tooth removed. Many dentists – such as Dr. Ernie Soto in Plantation, Florida – now offer it to any patient who wants to have a relaxing, pleasant dental experience.

Even if you just want to have regular cleaning, you can enjoy a dental visit that includes no discomfort whatsoever.

If you are in South Florida and are interested in IV sedation dentistry, or if you are simply looking for an experienced and friendly dentist, contact the team of Dr. Ernie Soto. Call us today at (954) 368-6264 or request an appointment online now, and start looking forward to going to the dentist!

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