What You Need to Know About IV Sedation

IV sedation is one of the ways that people are overcoming their fear of going to the dentist. When you ask people why they do not like going to the dentist, you will hear plenty for different reasons.

  • The sound of the drill is terrifying
  • They do not like the smell of the dentist office
  • They are afraid that anything that is done will hurt
  • They do not like someone sticking their hands in their mouth
  • They don’t know why, they are just afraid

The problem is that of people do not go to the dentist on a regular basis, they are putting not only their dental health at risk, and they are putting their overall health at risk. They will lose teeth and could develop gum disease. They will subject their body to dangerous infections and could put them at risk for heart diseases. If the use of IV sedation can help a person overcome their fears and get them to the dentist, they will be helping their body stay healthier and happier. They will never be afraid to show the smile that they may have been hiding in the past. The best way to accomplish this is to learn what IV sedation dentistry is all about.

The Basics of IV Sedation

When people think about IV sedation, they may assume that means they will be put asleep as if they were undergoing a surgical procedure. In surgery, general anesthesia is used. There are a combination of drugs that are designed to make it possible for a surgeon to physically cut into a body without the patient feeling or realizing what is happening. IV sedation in dentistry is not a deep sleep where a person is completely knocked out. Instead, IV sedation is a procedure that produces a feeling of deep relaxation. The person undergoing IV sedation is not asleep and is conscious during the procedure. They are technically awake although their awareness and the memory of what is happening may not be complete.

The most common drugs used for IV sedation are anti-anxiety drugs. Some of the common drugs used are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Diazepam
  • Oxazepam
  • Clorazepate
  •  Alprazolam

These drugs are designed to deal with mild to moderate fears. Some people may need more powerful drugs that take them into a deeper state where they are not as aware of their surroundings during the procedure.

The drugs in this category are delivered through catheter that is put into the vein, which is where the name IV sedation comes from. It will stay in place during the procedure and will be removed once the procedure is finished. There is little pain involved in having the IV inserted into the arm.

Other Medications Used During IV Sedation

The drugs that are used to relax a patient in IV sedation do not block any pain from the procedure. There may still be a need for pain killing medications in addition to the IV sedation drugs. Many people fear the needle that dentists use and this is one of the reasons that they do not go to the dentist. The good news for these people is that the pain medication and any other medication is not delivered until the sedation medication has taken effect. Many people do not realize that they have been given any other medications once this has happened.

For more information about IV sedation, call Progressive Dental Care to talk to a professional about your options today.

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