Talking to Your Dentist about Sedation Options
Many patients feel anxiety about visiting the dentist. There are, however, some options available which can help you to feel more relaxed whilst receiving treatment. At Park 56 Dental, we offer sedation dentistry in NYC. Intravenous (IV) sedation is a widely used treatment which is safe for most patients.
What is IV Sedation?
IV sedation involves placing a catheter in the patient’s vein to allow the dentist to administer a sedative drug. IV sedation is not the same thing as anesthesia. The drugs used are not painkillers. The dentist will still administer local anesthetics to numb the physical pain of the treatment. The patient will remain fully conscious, but in a state of extreme relaxation. The drugs used also cause temporary amnesia. As a result, most patients find that time passes quickly and that they are barely aware of what is happening.
What Are the Contraindications?
Intravenous sedation is safe for most patients. However, you may not be a suitable candidate for IV sedation if you are pregnant, are allergic to benzodiazepines, or are inebriated. If you suffer from glaucoma or certain types of depression, you may need to consult your dentist. You should also seek professional advice if you are a habitual user of benzodiazepines or other sedatives.
What Steps Do I Need to Take Before and After Treatment?
Inform your dentist in advance if you wish to have IV sedation. You may be required to refrain from eating or drinking for eight hours prior to treatment. After sedation, you should rest. Do not drive or partake in strenuous activities. Consult your dentist before drinking alcohol or taking medications post-sedation.
If visiting the dentist fills you with fear, IV sedation may help you to undergo even the most complex dental procedure calmly and free from anxiety. Park 56 Dental is one of the best dentists in NYC. To learn more about our sedation options, call (646) 783-3529. Let us help you lose your fear of dentists for good.