Millions of people are affected by dental fear, so if the dentist makes you anxious, you shouldn’t feel alone. In fact, at Texas Dentistry, we are committed to helping this large population receive more comfortable and enjoyable dental care. That’s why we offer IV sedation—the highest level of sedation dentistry to keep patients calm and collected during their appointments. Keep reading to learn more about IV sedation in Kaufman and how it can benefit you.
IV sedation is a form of sedation that we can administer intravenously. Many dentists don’t offer this service because it requires extra training and certification, however our team of dentists have the knowledge and expertise to provide it for our Kaufman patients. While we usually use it during more extensive procedures, IV sedation can be administered for even more simple dental appointments if the patient is overly anxious or fearful. It’s normal to fall asleep during the process, however you’ll still be responsive to touch and sound. Patients may also experience temporary amnesia, which is great for those afraid of the dentist because they don’t necessarily want to remember every detail.
You may be wondering if IV sedation is right for you, and the best way to tell is to visit our office for a consultation. We will discuss with you your needs and after determining your level of dental fear, we can recommend IV sedation. Patients who can typically benefit from this service will have moderate to severe dental anxiety, and it may even stop them from going to the dentist altogether. However, if you have trouble sitting still, or if you have an overactive gag reflex, IV sedation can also help to make your dental appointments much more enjoyable.
We will ask that you fast for at least 8 hours before your IV sedation. Because of this, many patients prefer to book their appointments in the morning so they don’t have to alter their diet too much. You should also make arrangements to have someone drive you to and from our practice. We recommend a friend or family member instead of an Uber or taxi because having someone you know in the waiting room will make your experience more comfortable. After your appointment, it’s normal to feel groggy and somewhat out of it, but this will subside in a couple of hours. Be sure to avoid driving or operating any type of machinery immediately after IV sedation.
Does it sound like IV sedation is right for you? Contact our office today to get started!
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