How IV Sedation Can Help You Get Rid of Your Dental Jitters

August 27, 2021

September 7, 2021

Going to the dentist might be particularly challenging if you suffer from anxiety, have a weak tolerance level, or have severe tooth sensitivity. Many people who have these difficulties, as well as those who are just stressed out or nervous about visiting the dentist, opt for IV sedation dentistry for their appointments.

If you want to discover more about how IV sedation can help you relax and calm down during your next dental appointment or procedure, know that you've come to the right place. IV sedation can assist you in receiving the dental care you require while also calming your nerves and getting rid of your anxious thoughts.

Dental patient receiving IV sedation dentistry

Are You an Anxious Dental Patient?

How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

Local anesthetic is something you're probably familiar with if you've ever had a cavity filled. These anesthetic shots will numb the treatment area, so you don't feel any discomfort during the operation. For many patients, however, anesthesia alone is insufficient to keep them comfortable. Receiving anesthetic shots can be distressing if you have a general fear of needles. 

Sedation dentistry is beneficial to patients in all these scenarios and more. Sedation ensures that you stay calm before, during, and after the procedure. There are a variety of sedative methods available, and our team will work with you to evaluate which one is best for your needs and level of anxiety.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry focuses on using sedation to alleviate tension and pain. Laughing gas, oral sedation, and IV sedation are the three forms of sedation dentistry. Within the field of sedation dentistry, all three approaches have their function. However, your medical history and other considerations will help you make the best decision.

Oral Sedation

If you choose this method of sedation, you will be prescribed an anti-anxiety medication for you to take right before the dental procedure. Once you're in the dental chair, you'll feel at ease and relaxed during the operation. The drug is taken orally in pill form, and the procedure is simple.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is inhaled throughout the treatment, resulting in a sense of relaxation or euphoria. Laughing Gas has been used as a dental sedative for many years since it is easy to control and puts you in the best mental condition possible during the procedure.

IV Sedation

This option creates a twilight state in which the patient is awake but extremely relaxed. Patients will not be unconscious and will still be responsive. The procedure, on the other hand, will seem to speed by, and time will fly past. For people who have severe dental phobia, IV sedation is the best option.

The Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to help you relax during any dental operation. If you're worried about your upcoming dental appointment, sedation dentistry can help with the following:

Note: Remember that if you're getting sedation, you'll need a friend or family member to transport you home after your appointment.

Patient giving thumbs up after IV sedation dentistry

Considering IV Sedation Dentistry?

When you choose IV sedation at PGA Dentistry, you can be certain that your safety is our top priority, as we use EKG and capnography monitoring in a private treatment suite. Our facility is specifically intended for sedation and is fully equipped with the latest technologies to assure your comfort.

Please call us or book a consultation if you would want additional information about reducing dental jitters and anxiety during dental visits.