Getting Rid of Dental Anxiety For Missed Dental Treatment

Fact: 15 percent of the population in the United States experience some form of dental anxiety.

Fortunately, IV sedation dentistry, is an option to help ease anxiety and make you feel more comfortable during your visit..

Many people accept that, while visits to the dentist aren’t exactly fun, they are a part of life.

But for some people, the idea of visiting a dentist is enough to fill them with anxiety and dread.

If you’re a patient struggling with dental anxiety, be sure to consult your oral team before deciding on the right solution.

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

The type of sedation that you receive at a dentist’s office varies based on your level of anxiety and the type of exam or procedure you are having. IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is a sort of middle ground and it doesn’t fully put you to sleep. It does make you less aware of what is going on around you during your procedure or treatment. While some forms of sedation are inhaled (like nitrous oxide) or are taken in pill form, IV sedation is administered through intravenously through a vein.

As a 2016 article in the Australasian Medical Journal (AMJ) points out, IV sedation is usually reserved for patients who are very anxious about a dental visit. It works quickly, it’s easy to adjust the dose given, and the sedative has a long period of amnesia, meaning you won’t remember what happened during your dental visit or treatment. One drawback of IV sedation is that a dentist needs to be well-trained in the administration of it, meaning that not every dental practice offers it as an option.

Dental I.V. Sedation F.A.Q.'s