A Brief Introduction to Sedation Dentistry
According to medical research, at least 15% of people (both kids and adults) in the U.S. suffer from dental anxiety. Luckily, dentists such as Scott W. Grant, DMD has a way of making the visits bearable and the procedures more fruitful.
The sedation type that you receive is determined by the type of procedure or examination that you are having as well as your level of anxiety. That said, here is an overview of various factors surrounding IV sedation dentistry.
Preparing for the Sedation
You should not eat or drink anything at least eight hours before the procedure. While fasting, you may drink apple juice or plain water and not any other opaque beverage such as milk, orange juice, or alcohol. If you are taking pulmonary, cardiac, or anti-seizure drugs, you may continue doing so, as long as you use a small amount of water. However, you need to stop taking medications such as aspirin, anti-depressants, anti-inflammatory drugs, MAO inhibitors, and anti-coagulants at least two days before the procedure.
During the Procedure
IV sedation makes it such that you will not be fully aware of what is going on. You will have full body responses; thus, you can breathe on your own, and your heart rate will not have to be monitored. If your exam or procedure requires local anesthesia, the anesthesia will be administered once the sedation has started working.
Is IV Sedation Suitable for You?
If you are in perfect health and are only nervous about the dental procedures, the IV sedation will help you relax. However, some people, particularly the old and people who have other health conditions, might experience side effects. As such, a dentist will administer smaller IV sedation doses on them.
Your dentist should advise you on the best sedation method for you that depends on your age, condition, and level of anxiety. However, to avoid requiring this procedure in the first place, always practice good oral hygiene.