Sitting in the dentist's chair can be rather traumatizing. The whole business of getting a tooth extracted or filled or having a root canal procedure done tend to be painful and uncomfortable. Therefore, the idea of having some kind of sedation is a great relief. Sedation can be done orally, by inhalation or through IV transmission.
Generally, all the methods of sedation can be used effectively, but there are some specific advantages of using the IV method. Some of these are given below:
- IV sedation is very quick to respond. It takes a few minutes or seconds to take effect. This is unlike oral methods of sedation which can take up to one hour to respond and take effect. This allows you to get the dental procedure done much faster.
- Dental IV sedation is also very suitable for those who have extreme anxiety. If you have moderate anxiety, you can also use this type of sedation, but it's especially useful for those who are very anxious because of its high level of sedation. This is a big advantage because if you have been very afraid of going to the dentist, you can now get your teeth done.
- You are able to be conscious when the IV sedation is administrated. This is an advantage if you are hesitant to be put under general anesthesia; this could be due to health or other reasons. Therefore, you can avoid all the dangers that come with general anesthesia.
- The IV sedation gives the positive effect of causing some amnesia after it has been administrated. This is a great effect because thankfully, you do not remember the whole procedure you have gone through. The dentist could even have done more than one procedure yet because of this effect, you will not have any bad memories of what happened.
- The period taken to recover after administering IV sedation is actually shorter than the time taken for recovery from other sedatives such as oral sedatives. This is a great advantage for you if you have limited time and need to get back to your normal schedule shortly after getting the dental procedure done. This quick recovery is possible because the IV is ministered in a controlled manner.
- When administrating this type of sedation, the dentist can assess the effectiveness of the drug and is allowed to increase the dose slowly if needed. You are there before allowed to get to a point where you are generally comfortable and have no pain. This is a great advantage over other sedation methods like oral sedation where there is no clear indicator of how the sedative is taking effect.
Next time you visit your dentist, make the wise choice of having IV sedation done; it will definitely make your visit more pleasant!