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Facts you should know about IV Sedation Dentistry

BackMountainDentalMany people have always been terrified of undergoing dental procedures, and as a result, they end up neglecting their oral health. Thankfully, there are several means available today that should help curb people’s dental fear. Dental sedation is one of them. Here are some facts about one type in particular: IV Sedation.

What is it?

Intravenous or IV sedation is a procedure where a drug is administered directly into a patient’s bloodstream, allowing him to relax throughout the dental procedure. One misconception is that this puts the patient to sleep (it is called sleep dentistry, after all). As a matter of fact, it only puts you in a state of deep relaxation.

So why “Sleep Sedation”?

IV sedation allows a partial loss of memory during the procedure, so you will feel like time is passing by very quickly, very much like how you would feel when you sleep at night and wake up eight hours into the future. In fact, many people don’t even remember anything at all about the procedure.

What about the pain?

This doesn’t mean that your dentist won’t keep you from feeling the pain, though. IV sedation is only one half of the solution; an anesthetic will still be administered to numb the pain. Don’t worry though, as your sedation dentist will only administer the numbing sedative once the IV has already taken full effect, so you won’t even have to feel the prick of the needle.

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March 10, 2014 - Posted by | Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living | , , , ,

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