IV Sedation Dentistry

IV Sedation Dentistry

According to studies published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, as many as 75 percent of U.S. adults experience some level of fear when they think about going to the dentist, and about five to 10 percent of adults in the U.S. are so fearful that they avoid dental care at all costs (a condition called dentophobia), and only go to a dentist when they have an emergency. The problem with this approach is that waiting until your oral health is so bad that it constitutes an emergency often means undergoing more extensive, and perhaps more painful treatment.

At Caring Smiles we understand that not all dental visits are pleasant, but we try very hard to make sure that you receive the best care in the most comfortable environment.

IV Sedation Dentistry

Fortunately today there are options available even for those with severe cases of dentophobia, and one that is growing in popularity is IV sedation dentistry. This type of dentistry offers a better experience at the dentist, and in some cases can lead to better results and less pain following your procedure.

During intravenous (IV) sedation dentistry, our experienced medical professionals administer medication through a small needle in your hand or arm. While the process of administering the medication is similar to general anesthesia, sedation dentistry is different, and can be administered by outside of a hospital.

Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry

IV sedation is a safe and effective option for patients when administered by a trained dental professional. Many patients feel as though they have been sleeping through the procedure, and remember very little of the experience, which is beneficial if you suffer from a severe fear of the dentist.

Patients also report that sedation makes the procedure go by very quickly—seemingly in a matter of minutes, even if they were actually in the dental chair for several hours. For complex dental procedures involving extensive work this can allow you to get more work done in a single visit to avoid multiple visits in the future. IV sedation dentistry in Boise, ID also helps relieve the fear or anxiety of having long, complex procedures to improve the appearance of your smile and boost your confidence.

Before, During, and After Sedation Dentistry

Prior to being sedated, it’s important that you are completely honest about your medical history, and any medications or supplements that you are taking. The trained dental professionals at Caring Smiles will monitor you continuously throughout the sedation to ensure your safety. Once the procedure is complete you will need to have a friend or family member that can drive you home and provide care for 24 hours.

If fear of the dentist is keeping you from getting the care you need, call Caring Smiles today at 208 893-5000 to find out more about the benefits of IV sedation dentistry.