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How Does IV Sedation Dentistry Work and is it Right for You?

Many people avoid dental visits due to fear and anxiety. Delaying dental visits increases the risk of tooth loss, dental infections, or undetected oral cancer. Dr. Smith can provide dental sedation techniques aimed at helping you obtain the necessary dental care without anxiety.

IV sedation is an excellent option if you are apprehensive of needles, the dentist, or dental procedures, or if you have a strong gag reflex. You may also opt for IV sedation if you experience dental anxiety, and if you require multiple dental procedures. A comprehensive assessment and consultation are provided prior to treatment.

Intravenous (IV) sedation refers to the administration of an anti-anxiety drug through the bloodstream. This is sometimes referred to as ‘twilight’ or ‘sleep’ dentistry. However, rather than putting you to sleep, the sedative helps you to relax and feel at peace. Your pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen levels will be constantly monitored during the procedure. While you will be able to respond to the dentist’s questions, your treatment procedure will be only a vague memory once the sedative wears off.

Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry

Sedatives administered via the bloodstream have a more rapid effect, and results are more easily controlled than by using oral sedatives. Dr. Smith can often perform multiple procedures in one visit, so those requiring extensive dental care can receive treatment in fewer appointments. IV sedation typically provides an amnesic state, so that you have little or no recollection of what occurred during the appointment. There are fewer side effects compared to other sedation methods such as general anaesthesia.

Dr. Smith is fully qualified and is registered with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC to provide this service. Jacky and Cindy are certified as well, as anaesthesia assistants (CDNAA). Ask them for more information.