One of the main reasons why people stress about going to the dental clinic and would rather take pain medications to cope with a toothache than to go visit their dentist is the fear of experiencing worse pain in correcting their dental problem. Yes, dental procedures may be scary, uncomfortable, and time-consuming. So most dentists recommend IV sedation oral surgery for patients who have low pain tolerance and are experiencing anxiety during dental procedures.
What is IV sedation?
Intravenous sedation in dentistry employs medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry,” although that is not exactly as accurate as patients would presume. In IV sedation, patients are typically awake, except for those who are under general anesthesia.
Intravenous sedation is a type of sedation dentistry where the sedative or medication goes to the body quickly as it is introduced to immediately mixed with the blood which is the quickest pathway in the body. The dentist can easily calibrate and manage the sedation level of the patient using this technique.
Is IV sedation oral surgery safe?
The answer to this question depends on 3 things: the dentist, the patient, and the severity of the dental problem.
The dentist. Of course, the safety and efficiency of a dental procedure rely on the expertise and experience of the dentist. Not all dentists are used to performing IV sedation, so make sure that your dentist really offers services under sedation dentistry before committing to their services.
The patient. There are patients who have allergies to certain medications, so their health and general status are important in making sure that no untoward complication will happen with your sedation dentistry procedure.
Your dental health. The severity of your dental problem or issue will also affect the efficiency of your sedation dentistry. Some procedures demand general anesthesia instead of IV sedation, especially procedures that require longer periods of time to finish.
Benefits of IV sedation
- Faster sedation effects compared to taking oral sedatives.
- An IV sedation effect is more on analgesia or elimination of pain response than anesthesia or elimination of sensation.
- Compared to general anesthesia, IV sedation has fewer side effects.
- It has lower risks of developing nausea, vomiting, balance issues, and blood clot formation.
- Recovery from this sedation type is quicker compared to general anesthesia.