The Benefits of IV Sedation
By Frank Avason, DMD on May 21, 2018
IV sedation involves the administration of a sedative drug directly into a patient’s bloodstream. Using a safe and sterile needle in the practice, the sedative drug works its way into the patient’s system and quickly allows them to achieve a relaxed, anxiety-free state. While there is a needle involved, the pain is very minor and brief, and the advantages of IV sedation are plentiful.
The team at our Denver, NC practice would like to consider how IV sedation dentistry can benefit patients. As you’ll note below, there are many significant advantages to consider with regard to patient comfort and effective care.
Excellent for People with Dental Phobia
Some people experience fear and anxiety when it comes to dental visits. This can keep them away from dental visits for years, perhaps even decades. Thanks to IV sedation, a person who suffers from dental phobia can undergo much needed dental work, which includes fillings, tooth extractions, and, if dental visits have been skipped for years, much-needed root planing and scaling.
Reduces General Anxiety and Unease
There are patients who may not suffer from dental phobia but have issues with anxiety and nervousness during dental visits. IV sedation can help these patients feel calm and collected throughout a dental visit rather than being uncomfortable during the process. When patients feel at ease at the practice, this helps them feel good about future visits.
Ideal for Long or Involved Procedures
Some dental visits involve more than just cleanings and x-rays. For major cosmetic or restorative procedures and for oral surgery, IV sedation may be necessary just for practical concerns regarding patient well-being and comfort. Sedation will keep the patient in a tranquil state while the procedure is being done.
Helps Patients with Certain Medical Conditions
Medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, arthritis, and Parkinson’s can make sitting still or maintaining certain positions very difficult. Thanks to IV sedation, patients who have trouble remaining still during dental visits will experience less discomfort. This is such a game-changer for many patients with these conditions, making treatment much easier on them and safer as well.
Simple, Safe, and Fast Sedation
IV sedation is quick and easy. It’s done entirely at thew dental practice, and without additional instructions or requirements from patients. Patients are only asked to have a loved one present to help them home following the dental visit. Beyond that, IV sedation is as easy as it can be.
Oral Surgery and Medicare Coverage
An additional benefit of IV sedation for oral surgery at our practice is Medicare coverage. Our family dental care office is the only dentistry practice in the Charlotte area that is certified to bill Medicare for oral surgery needs. This is excellent for our older patients on Medicare.
Learn More About Dental Sedation
For more information about sedation dentistry and how it can help you get the much-needed dental treatment you need, be sure to contact the team at Avason Family Dentistry. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.
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