Are you considering avoiding the anxiety of an upcoming dental procedure by opting for lV sedation? The word sedation can intimidate some people, especially those new to the concept. This is a reasonable concern for anything that you have never experienced. However, IV sedation holds many benefits for dental patients. That may be why patients every year choose this option over local anesthesia. At McOmber Dental, Dr. McOmber and Dr. Gluck are focused on providing patients with the most comfortable experience. That’s why they’ve made IV sedation a priority in their practice.
Read on to find out about this safe option that allows you to avoid any unpleasantness of dental procedures and fast forward to enjoying your new smile.
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation is safe; you won’t feel any pain, and you won’t remember any of the procedure. At McOmber Dental, our anesthesiologist will control how deep your IV sedation is to ensure a safe level of anesthesia. IV sedation is administered intravenously. Thus, the drug’s effect works quickly, allowing us to also work quickly to complete the procedure.
Benefits of IV Sedation
Many people avoid the dentist out of anxiety related to procedures being done in their mouth and the fear of needles. As we discover the greater health benefits that are linked to proper dental care, it’s more important than ever that we don’t let fear get in the way of our care. Tooth decay and gingivitis are now linked to life-threatening conditions like heart and lung disease, diabetes, stroke, and mental health conditions. IV sedation allows patients to remain peacefully unaware of any procedures that are going on, making treatment of even complex dental issues a breeze for patients.
IV Sedation Is More Comfortable Than Local Anesthesia
Getting IV sedation is undoubtedly more effective than traditional local anesthesia. But you will also be happy to know that it is less painful than conventional local anesthesia methods. One standard type of anesthesia that dentists use is numbing the area of the mouth with novocaine.
Local anesthesia involves injecting a numbing agent into the mouth in the area of dental treatment. Needle phobias are a common concern and prevent anxious patients from getting the dental care they need. With IV sedation, the need for numbing is reduced because the patient is deeply sedated. If injections are needed, the patient has no recollection of them since they are sleeping through the procedure.