Sometimes visiting the dentist can make people nervous. In most cases, this nervousness is minor. For instance, some patients may wonder if they've flossed enough and if their dentist will notice. Or some patients may wonder if they have a cavity or two. These kinds of worries are perfectly normal. An issue arises when a patient experiences major panic and anxiety over the idea of visiting the dentist.
Whether you stop by the practice for restorative/general dentistry (which focuses on total wellness) or cosmetic dentistry (which involves the aesthetic enhancement of your smile), our team wants to make sure that your visit is as worry-free and positive as possible. This is why we offer sedation dentistry techniques to alleviate these matters. We'd like to focus broadly on the idea of sedation dentistry right now, and then focus on IV sedation in particular.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry refers to various techniques that allow patients to achieve a relaxed state while they are visiting the dentist. Broadly, these techniques help patients reach different stages of relaxation, from mild sedation to total unconsciousness. The best level of sedation for you will depend on your situation.
Who is an ideal candidate for sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows many patients to finally undergo the dental care they've needed, and not just people who are afraid of the dentist. The following people may benefit from undergoing sedation dentistry:
- People with dental phobia
- People with a poor gag reflex
- People who have jaw joint issues
- People who require major dental work
- People who have issues with sitting still
- People with Parkinson's or cerebral palsy
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation is just one option out there for dental sedation. This involves the intravenous introduction of a sedative into the patient's bloodstream. The effects of this sedative tend to be rather quick. The patient's vital signs and overall well-being will be monitored while they are sedated, with ensures that patients are safe throughout all phases of treatment.
Why IV Sedation May Be Ideal for You
If a patient experiences any of the above conditions listed above, IV sedation may be a good option to consider. Since the effects of the intravenous sedative medication are felt rather quickly, it allows patients to come to the practice and achieve that relaxed state as soon as possible.
It should be noted that if patients are afraid of needles, IV sedation will not be considered for them. Any and all anxiety needs to be avoided in order to ensure that patients have positive experiences at the practice. Oral sedation or nitrous oxide may be better for the needs of these patients.
Weighing All of Your Options for Anxiety-Free Dental Care
When you speak with the team at our practice, we will be sure to go over all of your options for sedation as well as the full nature of the treatment that you need. By understanding all of your options as well as what your treatment will entail, you will be put at ease and be able to make confident and empowered choices with regard to your dental health and wellness.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment
If you would like more information about all of your options for anxiety-free and pain-free dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Nashville cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. The entire team here is eager to meet you in person and discuss all of your goals when it comes to getting a healthy, beautiful smile.