If the mere thought of driving to your dentist’s office makes you feel queasy, it wouldn’t be surprising if you constantly skip your dental appointments. However, while you may be putting your dentist off, you’re not really avoiding them altogether. With IV sedation, a Palm Beach sedation dentist can help you relax and feel comfortable while you’re getting some dental work done.
Understanding Sedation Dentistry
What Exactly Is It?
Also referred to as ‘sleep dentistry’, intravenous (IV) sedation involves the administration of an anti-anxiety medication through your blood during your dental appointment. However, instead of putting you to sleep, it calms you down and helps you to relax.
While you’re receiving much-needed dental treatment, you’ll be able to respond to your dentist’s questions. Once the sedative wears off, your memory of your treatment procedure will be vague.
How Does It Work?
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein on your arm or hand. An intravenous tube that’s connected to the needle delivers the medication directly into your bloodstream. If you fear needles, your dentist may apply a numbing cream to the area that will be pricked by the needle.
It’s possible for patients to stay with the IV for the entire duration of their treatment. However, the needle may also be removed after the drug is successfully administered. The same degree of conscious sedation is achieved in both situations.
Furthermore, your pulse and oxygen levels will be constantly monitored during the course of your treatment to ensure that you won’t experience any adverse reaction to the sedative. They’ll also check your blood pressure before and after the treatment.
Since it may take a while before the effects of the sedative wear off, you won’t be able to drive yourself home. It’s best to ask a family member or friend to drive you to and from your appointment. You may also have to take a full day off to make sure that you get enough rest.
Looking for a Palm Beach Sedation Dentist?
At South Florida Sedation Dentistry, we want you to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible during your visit. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.