Does the feeling of needles and drills cleaning your teeth make you shudder uncontrollably, giving you the height of extreme anxiety? Would you rather suffer a nasty toothache than make a trip to the dentist? Can I really sleep while you have your teeth worked on?
If you answered yes to the first two questions, the answer to the third might pleasantly surprise you.
What is intravenous sedation?
Intravenous sedation (or “IV sedation”) makes it possible to have dental procedures performed while you’re under the influence of a sedative administered safely with an injection.
Also referred to as “sleep dentistry” or “twilight dentistry”, IV sedation is different to surgical operations performed under general anaesthetic, leaving you in a sleep-like state while your teeth are worked on. Depending on the level of sedation, a patient won’t experience full unconsciousness under IV sedation, but the treatment offers a similar effect, making it possible to feel like you’re sleeping while you undergo dental procedures.
What are the benefits of IV sedation?
IV sedation offers patients several benefits, most notably the one where you don’t feel as though you need to worry about the procedure to begin with. Anxiety is a big issue for dental patients, and so anything to alleviate the stress is welcome.
Most dental procedures can be performed through IV sedation, including fillings, crowns, implants, and wisdom teeth removal, and substantial treatment can be performed in one procedure, making it a time effective option.
When you wake up, you won’t remember anything about the procedure, will feel no pain from during the procedure, and will even feel like no time has passed. In a way, it’s like waking up from a nap, only you’ve just had something potentially stressful completed and your fine.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Dentistry has changed a lot over the years, and sedation has become a safe and common dental practice, appropriate for any adult or child who experiences fear or anxiety in the dental chair.
Contact your local National Dental Care practice to find out whether your dentist can help you make it through procedures more comfortably using IV sedation so you can sleep while you have your teeth worked on!