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Whether you’re one of the many Australians who suffer from dental anxiety - a significant fear of visiting the dentist - or are concerned about a lengthy or painful dental procedure, you may benefit from a technique called IV sedation (also known as twilight dentistry).
With IV sedation, you can enjoy a pain-free dental experience feeling relaxed and peaceful. In fact, you’re unlikely to even remember your procedure! Find out more about IV sedation and how it can offer an ideal solution for anxious patients.
IV sedation - sometimes called twilight dentistry - involves the administration of a sedative before dental treatment is performed. The sedative is given to you intravenously under the supervision of a qualified medical doctor or dentist.
IV sedation can be a great choice for patients who are particularly fearful of visiting the dentist. Your dentist may recommend IV sedation in the following circumstances:
It’s important to talk to your dentist about IV sedation and whether it’s the right option for you.
Only dentists or dental specialists who are endorsed for conscious sedation by the Dental Board of Australia are able to administer IV sedation. Aside from board-endorsed conscious sedation dentists, IV sedation can also be administered by medical doctors with appropriate training and general anesthesiologists.
National Dental Care Group has multiple dentists who are experienced in and qualified to perform procedures using IV sedation from the comfort of our fully-equipped dental practices.
If you’re a suitable candidate for IV sedation, you can rest assured that the team at your local National Dental Care Group practice will ensure you are prepared and comfortable before the procedure begins.
Here’s an overview of what you can expect when undergoing IV sedation:
No. As the IV sedative starts working in just a few minutes, your dentist can commence dental treatment without you feeling any pain during the procedure.
The type of sedative drug your dentist will use for your IV sedation is dependent on a number of factors, including your age, medical history, and type of procedure. Some common sedatives used in IV sedation include midazolam, diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), and propofol.
If you’ve heard the term ‘twilight dentistry’, you might wonder if this is something different to IV sedation - but it’s actually the same thing! Twilight dentistry is a nickname given to IV sedation due to the fact that it can put you in a ‘twilight-like’ sleep with little awareness of your surroundings.
Some other names used for IV sedation include sleep dentistry, twilight anaesthesia, sedation dentistry and conscious sedation.
If you have an upcoming dental procedure and would like to find out whether IV sedation is suitable for you, chat to the friendly team at your local National Dental Care Group practice. We can discuss your options, assess whether you’re a suitable candidate, and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
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