Many people today are afraid to go to the dentist. If extensive dental work is needed, then the experience can become even more nerve-wracking. However, for patients who have panic attacks or dental anxiety, undergoing dental procedures is unbearable, to the point that they avoid dental work altogether.
Fortunately, Periodontal Associates offers sedation dentistry to relax and soothe anxious patients. We use sedatives in a wide array of procedures, from routine tooth cleanings to invasive treatments. It's not used in every single case, obviously, and patients will derive more benefit from it, the more anxious they are.
During sedation dentistry (also known somewhat inaccurately as sleep dentistry), medication is used that helps patients calm down for the dental procedure. Unless we use general anesthesia (which makes you completely unconscious), then you'll remain at least partly awake during the dental procedure.
What is IV Sedation and How does it Work?
IV sedation is one of the most common forms of sedation dentistry. If we choose this option, then we will administer the sedative drug through a vein. This will allow the drug to take effect more quickly, and it also lets us monitor and adjust the level of sedation at all times.
If we choose this option for your procedure, Dr. Eshraghi might give you instructions to follow before coming into the office. He may need you to abstain from eating and drinking for several hours before we perform the treatment. You might also need to stop taking certain forms of medication the day before the procedure if they interfere with the sedatives.
During the procedure, we will monitor your vital signs following the guidelines of the American Dental Association. We'll also have drugs on hand that will reverse the effects of the sedation just in case.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Some patients who receive sedation are in a higher degree of risk than others. People who are obese or have obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to have problems during anesthesia.
During the consultation, Dr. Eshraghi will go through your medical history, ask you about your anxiety levels and look at what medications you're on to determine if you're a viable candidate for IV sedation. If he determines that IV sedation is the best option, he will give you a form that explains all the risks involved in the procedure and go over it carefully with you. Raise any questions or concerns you might have with him at this time.
Is IV Sedation Right for You?
If you are considering IV sedation or any other kind of dental sedation, you need to think about your overall health, the kind of procedure you plan to have, and your usual reaction to dental treatment. For example, if you have a fear of needles, IV sedation will likely cause you even more anxiety than dental treatment. If IV sedation isn't the best choice, we have other options available such as nitrous oxide and oral sedatives. Make known your concerns and then Dr. Eshraghi can help you make the right decision.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.
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