Sedation dentistry is now an option available at dental offices far and wide. There are many types of sedation dentists typically offer, but they are all used for different procedures. From an inhalation sedative to stronger anesthetics, such as IV sedation, there are options depending on the treatment, or the level of anxiety the patient displays while being at their appointment.
IV sedation, is an anti-anxiety sedative that is administered through injection, into the vein. This specific sedation method allows a deeper calm for the doctor and patient. IV sedation is typically used in wisdom teeth extractions. Because of the deepness of this sedation, most patients find themselves completely unaware of the procedure taking place. This is a good sedation option for procedures like wisdom teeth, because patients may squirm in their chair or make other movements that would allow the procedure to not be done in an efficient way.
IV sedation is a type of anesthetic that must be administered by a certified practitioner, because of how strong the sedative is and because of the administering process. It is important to understand that not all doctors have IV sedation, because not everyone can administer the anesthetic. If your dentist is offering this, they will need someone on staff that has gone through the proper training. This being said, you should feel safe while going through IV sedation, because of the level of training that needs to be taken prior to the person inserting the needle.
If you believe you would be an ideal candidate to receive sedation methods while being at the dentist, you should contact your doctor. It is important to alert everyone in the dental office of your concern and stress level so they can administer the proper sedation method. This also allows the doctor to perform the proper treatment plan.
Contact your dentist for any more information or if you have any questions on sedation types. If you need to know any specific details, your dental team will be able to direct you in the best way.