It is estimated that millions of Americans deal with some form of anxiety when visiting the dentist. At HaHa dentistry we understand that dental anxiety and fears affect many, which is why we offer customized solutions that really make a difference in the lives of our patients.
Well, if worry over dental procedures has kept you from receiving necessary treatment, Sedation Dentistry can be your answer. Patients who delay visits to the dentist due to a negative experience may also find the answer in Sedation Dentistry. This service is also of great benefit to patients who wish to have multiple, complicated procedures performed during one relaxing visit.
IV sedation dentistry (intravenous sedation) is the most advanced and effective method of dental conscious sedation used by highly trained dentists in order to perform dental treatments with their patients in calm and relaxed condition. IV sedation dentistry is the method of choice for the management of moderate to more severe levels of dental anxiety or dental phobia.
Intravenous sedation means that the sedative medication is administered directly into the bloodstream using a needle inserted into a vein. This allows the fast onset of sedation and gives the dentist better control on the sedation level, which are considered as main advantages of IV sedation over the other sedation methods.
Before the IV sedation procedure the patient must follow the pre-operative instruction given by the dentist in the consultation appointment. Patients must also sign a consent form after the dentist has explained the potential risks of IV sedation.
Continuous monitoring of any patient undergoing IV sedation dentistry is critically important for ensuring the safety of IV sedation procedures. Breathing, pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation are monitored by a combination of clinical observation and use of electronic equipment.
Recovery from IV sedation dentistry may take up to 24 hours, and during this period the post-operative instructions must be followed carefully. IV sedation safety record is excellent when performed by a trained and experienced dentist in a properly equipped dental office. Certain medical and mental conditions are considered as contraindication for using IV sedation due to the increased risk of potentialIV sedation side effects.