Dental phobia can make visits to the dentist extremely daunting and here at Cornerhouse, we want all our patients to feel at ease and relaxed about their treatment. IV sedation can also be used as a way to cope with a painful treatment such as an extraction.
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation is when a sedative is administered directly into a vein – the effects are almost immediate and patients will consequently feel at ease and relaxed about treatment. It is best suited to those with moderate to severe dental phobia. A thin plastic tube known as a cannula will be placed into a vein on the back of the patient’s hand and the drug will be injected via
The main effects of IV sedation are:
- Reduce anxiety levels and relax your body and mind.
- Make you feel sleepy.
- Unaware of the procedure.
- You may not have any recollection of treatment.
What are the principal benefits of IV sedation?
- The most commonly used drug for IV sedation is Midazolam, an amnesic, which means you will have very little memory of the procedure. Despite this, you will still be able to cooperate with the dentist, should they need you to open your mouth wider for example.
- Many particularly sensitive patients will find a gag-reflex can be induced during treatment – IV sedation can help to quell this, making treatment easier for your dentist to carry out.
- Increase your confidence for future treatment – Many patients find that after undergoing a treatment under sedation, they do not require it for future treatment as their phobia has been overcome.
- Anaesthetic is administered once you are asleep – if you’re not a lover of needles, don’t fret. The local anaesthetic will be administered post sedation – you will feel no pain during the procedure as the area will be numbed.
If you would like more information about IV sedation at Cornerhouse, please do not hesitate to contact us.