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Thanks to the development of dental sedation, individuals who suffer from dental fear or anxiety no longer have to forego routine dental treatment. Common methods used include inhaled minimal sedation or nitrous oxide, oral sedatives taken by mouth, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. While the type of sedation will vary based on each patient and the procedure being performed, most dentists prefer the use of IV sedation over oral sedation or any other form of anesthesia. Continue reading to learn why.
Offers Moderate Sedation
Unlike Valium, Xanax, and oral sedatives that are designed to provide minimal relaxation, intravenous or IV sedation can be used for moderate sedation, making it a great option for extremely anxious patients or those preparing for more invasive dental procedures. IV sedation is also delivered directly to the vein rather than taken orally, which means that it works at a much faster rate.
Another reason that dentists prefer IV sedation is that it increases patient safety by allowing for the dentist to adjust the amount of anesthesia being provided throughout the procedure as needed. By increasing the level of control, intravenous sedation ultimately increases patient safety and decreases the risk of any complications.
More Convenient Than Oral Sedatives
When you choose oral sedatives, your first have to obtain a prescription and have it filled at your local pharmacy—not to mention remember to take the medication with you to your appointment. Choosing intravenous sedation is a great alternative as it eliminates these steps and makes undergoing dental care more convenient.
With years of experience, the sedation dentists with Oak Creek Dental Care are ready to answer all of your questions about IV sedation. Give our Columbus, Ohio office a call at (614) 882-5525 to set up an initial consultation. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, treatment for periodontal disease, Clear Correct “Invisible Braces,” and the 6 Month Smiles system.
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