Dental visits, whether they are routine or to address an oral health issue, are important. These visits help to prevent serious issues or treat issues before they become more severe. However, for many patients, even a routine dental visit is enough to spur on anxiety or fear, which keeps them from getting the care they need. At National Dental Hicksville, we can help to ease your anxieties with IV sedation.
Do You Avoid the Dentist?
Fear and worry over a dental visit is a rather common problem. For some patients, however, this fear and anxiety is paralyzing. Even pain in the teeth or jaw can keep you from scheduling an appointment. Avoiding dental treatment, even just routine cleanings and exams can have serious implications for your oral health. If minor issues go unnoticed, they can quickly develop into something more severe, which then requires more invasive treatment measures.
Sedation dentistry provides you with a way to relax and remain comfortable throughout your dental procedures. It can also be useful for other purposes as well:
- You have a bad gag reflex.
- You have trouble sitting still for any length of time.
- You have a low pain tolerance, or your teeth are extremely sensitive.
- You need a significant amount of work done, or your procedures will take several hours.
IV sedation is a type of moderate, conscious, sedation where medication is administered directly into your bloodstream.
There is some preparation before you arrive for your procedure. It is important that you don’t eat or drink anything, including water, for about 8 hours before your scheduled appointment. When you arrive, we will place a needle either into the back of your hand or your arm. The needle will then be connected to fluids. Before we begin your procedure, the medication will be administered into the IV. This whole process is MD supervised, ensuring that everything goes smoothly and that the amount of sedation is controlled as needed. The medication will go to work within seconds to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Again, it is essential that you have someone with you who can drive you home, as the effects of the medication can linger for several hours.
What are the Benefits?
There are several benefits to sedation dentistry:
- You can relax while having your procedures done.
- You will see an improvement in your oral health.
If you experience fear or anxiety when you even think about going to the dentist, sedation dentistry may be able to help. Contact National Dental Hicksville today at (516) 629-5086 to learn more.