Learn more IV Sedation and how your South Vancouver dentists can ease your anxiety about dental visits
How IV Sedation Works
How does it work? The South Vancouver dentist staff inserts a thin needle into your arm to access your bloodstream. Once the needle is in place, a tube sends medications through the vein into your bloodstream to help you feel more relaxed.
The most common medication used in IV sedation is a class of medications called benzodiazepines. Doctors sometimes prescribe benzodiazepines in pill form to treat anxiety and insomnia, but they work faster when you give them intravenously. Benzodiazepines have a sedative effect that relaxes your body and mind, so you don’t feel anxious or fearful. You will also have less awareness of what’s going on around you. Most people who get IV sedation quietly doze while the procedure is going on and feel no pain, anxiety, or discomfort.
How does IV sedation, or sleep dentistry, make you feel? IV sedation causes your body to enter a state of deep relaxation. Awareness of your surroundings is diminished, although you will not be in deep sleep as with general anesthesia.
After the procedure is over, you may have little memory of what took place and will continue to feel relaxed and comfortable. This state of deep relaxation may continue for a few hours after the procedure. That’s why it’s important to have someone drive you to and from South Vancouver Dental. You should also avoid activities that require focus and concentration like operating a car or machinery for at least 24 hours after IV sleep dentistry.
If you choose IV sedation at our South Vancouver clinic, you’ll be in good hands. Our team will monitor you while you’re sedated and ensure you’re comfortable as you come out of sedation and regain awareness. Sedation or sleep dentistry is safe and carries little risk.
Are You a Good Candidate for Sleep Dentistry?
IV sedation dentistry is also an option if you’re getting multiple teeth filled, several root canals at once, or need extensive oral surgery. Children and adults with high levels of anxiety about dental appointments may also be good candidates for IV sedation during a dental procedure.
Is sleep dentistry right for you? We each have different levels of fear and tolerance for dental procedures. If you experience extreme anxiety at even the thought of visiting a dentist, you might choose IV sedation for even minor dental procedures. It’s a way to reduce stress and anxiety without going until general anesthesia where the risks are higher.