To some people, even the slightest thought of going to the dentist makes them anxious. This is not an uncommon feeling, and we are here to tell you that you are not alone. In fact, there have been reports of up to 75% of people fearing dental appointments from one degree or another.
IV Sedation Dentistry is appropriate for people who:
- Have a low pain threshold
- Can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Need a large amount of dental work completed
We are proud to offer intravenous sedation, this is a common second choice to gas-based anaesthesia. Dentists will use IV sedation to lightly sedate patients when performing particularly invasive procedures. IV sedation in particular is becoming more popular as dentists have better control over a patient’s level of anxiety and awareness. If you experience anxiety from dental procedures, please don’t hesitate to ask us about IV sedation dentistry and how we can incorporate it into your treatment.
How safe is sedation dentistry?
- Your dentist will ask various questions to determine if you are the right candidate for sedation dentistry. Going over your medical history is something to expect during your consultation.
- Your dentist will determine what dosage is appropriate for your age and health, and also the recommended dose by the FDA.
- Ask your dentist how much training and experience they have with sedation dentistry, the more procedures the dentist has performed, the better.
- After your consultation you will be given a form detailing the risks of the procedure, if you have any questions or are unclear on anything talk to your dentist.
- During your procedure your vital signs will be monitored closely, following the Canadian Dental Association’s Guidelines. There will also be oxygen — artificial ventilation — and drugs that reverse sedation on hand in case it’s needed.
Dental appointments shouldn’t have to be something you fear—let us help.