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For many people, visiting the dentist is just another part of their oral health regimen. For people who struggle with dental anxiety or dental phobia, however, the prospect of going to the dentist is enough to cause a panic. If you are one of the many dental patients who cannot obtain adequate oral care due to fear, sedation dentistry may be right for you. Here are some answers to common questions about I.V. dental sedation:
How Does I.V. Dental Sedation Work?
When administering I.V. dental sedation, your dentist places an intravenous line into one of your veins through which the sedative enters your body. Because the I.V. bypasses the digestive process and goes directly into your bloodstream, the effects are very fast.
Does I.V. Dental Sedation Hurt?
I.V. sedation dentistry requires a small needle, which can cause a mildly uncomfortable pinching or pricking sensation upon placement. Since the medication goes to work quickly, the effects from the initial I.V. placement are short-lived and soon forgotten.
Will I Go to Sleep During I.V. Dental Sedation?
I.V. sedation dentistry does not put you to sleep. You will maintain consciousness and the ability to communicate with your dentist. However, many patients are so fully relaxed that they have little to no memory of the dental procedure.
Can I Return to Normal Activities After an I.V. Dental Sedation Appointment?
Most patients can resume normal activity 24 hours after their sedation dentistry appointment. However, have someone drive you home from the dentist after your appointment. You may feel groggy or have slowed reaction times for the first day after your procedure, so it is best to just take it easy and relax during that time.
At Oak Creek Dental Care, we offer dentistry with I.V. sedation to our Columbus, Ohio area patients. If you are interested in learning more about our dental practice and services, visit our website for more information. To schedule a dental appointment, give us a call at (614) 882-5525.
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