You dread the thought of going to the dentist’s office, but you can’t bear your tooth pain any longer. Millions of people go years avoiding the dentist until they absolutely have to, which is unfortunate because minor preventive care can help them avoid pain and damage to their smile. As you reluctantly call your dentist for an appointment, you find out that they offer IV sedation. This is wonderful news! But are you a good candidate for this option? Read on to find out whether you could be a good candidate.
You Have Moderate to Severe Dental Anxiety.
While some patients get a little nervous about dental appointments, others feel more intense negative emotions. Whether from bad experiences in the past or a phobia, you may genuinely fear dental visits. IV sedation replaces worried thoughts with calm feelings, enabling you to get the care you need.
The Smells, Sounds, or Sights Are Triggers.
For some people, the anxiety doesn’t start until after they hear the whirring sound of dental instruments. While many dental practices strive to create a comfortable environment, there’s only so much you can do to remove anxiety-inducing triggers. IV sedation can help you have a better experience in the dentist chair without stress. Although you’ll still be awake and able to respond, you will be oblivious to your surroundings.
You Are Undergoing Multiple or Long Procedures.
Do have several fillings or other work to take care of? Do you struggle to sit still for prolonged periods of time? Using IV sedation, your dentist can help you feel more at ease and monitors your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing to ensure your safety throughout the entire process. While you’re in this relaxed state, they can then work efficiently to complete the work as soon as possible.
You Have a Strong Gag Reflex.
Some people may not feel anxious, but they still have adverse reactions to visiting the dentist. If you easily gag during dental work, IV sedation can relax your body to the point where your team can effectively perform necessary procedures.
You Want to Relax Quickly.
Compared to oral conscious sedation, which requires taking a pill hours before the procedure, the effects of IV sedation kick in within minutes, meaning that your worries will be short lived. It’s important to note, however, that the effects can last for a while afterward, so you need someone to drive you home and about 24 hours to fully recover and be ready to resume normal activities.
In the end, you don’t have to neglect the care your smile needs out of fear or other obstacles. This solution can give you the courage to overcome your dental anxiety and feel more secure in your oral health now and in the future.
About the Practice
With four dentists on staff, Island Daily Dental Care is proud to create a calming atmosphere for patients from Medford and the surrounding areas. In addition to a welcoming, warm office environment, we offer sedation solutions, including IV sedation, to patients in need. If you think you could benefit from IV sedation for your dental visits, you can contact Island Daily Dental Care by clicking here.