FAQs About IV Sedation Dentistry

Woman in Dental Chair Under Sedation Atlanta GA If you have a fear of the dentist or have ever had to have a lengthy dental procedure, you may already be familiar with the term sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is used to help patients relax in the dental chair. There are many forms of sedation dentistry, however, and not every dentist is equipped to offer them all.

What is IV sedation dentistry?

IV moderate sedation involves administering a sedative through your veins (or intravenously). This allows it to work quickly, and it also gives the dentist an easy way to adjust the level of sedation during treatment.

Does IV sedation put you to sleep?

This method of sedation does not put a patient to sleep. Instead, patients remain in a semi-awake state, or a “twilight sleep.” In most cases, you’ll have little to no memory of the procedure if you receive IV sedation.

When is IV sedation used?

IV sedation may be recommended in a variety of circumstances. It can be needed for patients that are severely anxious or fearful of the dentist and need more than nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help them relax. IV sedation is most commonly used for patients who are undergoing a more complex or lengthy dental procedure, such as dental implants, extraction or a full mouth reconstruction.

How is IV Conscious Sedation different than General Anesthesia?

It is important that patients understand the difference between general anesthesia and IV conscious sedation. While both may be administered through an IV, you will remain awake during IV conscious sedation but in a deep sleep with general anesthesia. In fact, patients cannot be aroused while under general anesthesia and will need support for breathing and vital sign monitoring.

IV conscious sedation allows patients to avoid discomfort, but remain in a safer “semi-awake state.” This is often all that is needed to reduce anxiety and provide a relaxing dental treatment. While under IV sedation, you can even respond to a verbal command or light physical touch and will not need oxygen or other breathing support.

Can Any Dentist Perform Sedation?

While most dentists now offer minimal or moderate sedation, such as nitrous oxide or oral sedation, only an elite percentage of dentists are qualified to administer more complex sedation techniques such as IV conscious sedation. At Pure Dental Health, we are proud to have a licensed IV sedation dentist on staff to ensure all patients have a comfortable and pleasant experience in the dental chair.

How Will I Feel After My Treatment?

Most patients feel surprisingly very good after having IV sedation. For your safety, however, we ask that you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home. You will not remember your procedure but should easily return to an awake/alert state of mind.

Have more questions about IV sedation from your dentist? We’d love to answer them. It can be a remarkable solution that enables patients to get the dental treatments they need and deserve.

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Don’t Let Fear Keep You From The Dentist

Atlanta GA Dentist That Uses Nitrous OxideAll people on Earth have fears, both rational and irrational, that keep them from doing certain things in life. Those who have a severe fear of heights typically avoid roller coasters and balconies on high buildings. This fear does not usually interfere with their quality of life. However, some fears do interrupt life and cause significant adverse concerns. Fear of the dentist is an incredibly common fear among people in the United States. Fear of pain, fear of the unknown, fear of a gag reflex acting up, fear of how much dental treatment may cost, or traumatic fears that stem from childhood often keep people from receiving the dental care that they need, thus, in turn, having a negative impact on their entire lives. Continue reading “Don’t Let Fear Keep You From The Dentist”

IV Sedation Dentistry

It has been estimated that 75% of Americans have some sort of anxiety about visiting the dentist. Of this 75%, almost one third have such fear about visiting the dentist’s office that they would rather deal with dental issues (to the point of tooth loss) than visit the dentist. This extreme dental phobia can have dire consequences to a person’s health – both oral and overall. Gum diseases have been linked to heart, kidney, and other major lung diseases because of the ease at which infection can travel through the living tissues in the mouth to other areas in the body. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, we are proud to offer IV Sedation Dentistry in order to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality dental care in the most comfortable, painless environment possible.

At Pure Dental Health in Atlanta, we offer a full range of sedation dentistry options to our patients who need an extra measure of anxiety relief. Nitrous oxide, oral sedative medications, and IV sedation dentistry all allow patients to feel more comfortable before and during any needed dental care. While nitrous oxide and oral sedatives are enough for many patients, for those with moderate to severe dental anxiety, a low pain tolerance, or a severe gag reflex, IV sedation dentistry allows patients to feel completely at ease regarding their dental care.

Pure Dental Health is the dental practice that residents in Atlanta and Buckhead turn to for excellence in sedation dentistry. We are committed to making our patients’ dental experiences as comfortable and relaxing as possible. To learn more about IV sedation dentistry and to determine if this is the correct route for you to take in order to feel at ease at the dentist’s office, please contact Pure Dental Health today.

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Dental Phobia: More Common Than You Think

What do heights, small spaces, public speaking and visiting the dentist all have in common? The answer is that these are all common fears. If you have a dental phobia, you are certainly not alone.  In fact, statistics show that approximately 15% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety to some degree.  In some cases, the fear can simply cause anxiety and discomfort manifesting in symptoms such as an elevated heart rate and sweaty palms.  In others, it can cause panic attacks and debilitating fear.  Dental phobia can occur for a number of reasons but for many people, fear of the dentist begins with a painful childhood experience.  For this reason, it is important for children to have a positive experience on their first visit to the dentist and throughout their childhood.

If your fear of the dentist is mild to moderate, you can employ coping strategies such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, listening to music and talking through your fears to get you through your dental experience.  However, if your dental phobia is severe and makes it difficult for you to receive the dental care that you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums, you may want to talk with your dentist about Sedation Dentistry.

Sedation dentistry involves the use of either inhaled, oral or intravenous sedative medications.  These medications can be used to ease your dental phobia and anxieties make your experience at the dentist more tolerable and even enjoyable.  With today’s advanced dental techniques and technology as well as the various options for Sedation Dentistry, there is no need for you to fear going to the dentist.  If you have been putting off needed dental work or a dental cleaning and checkup due to a dental phobia, talk to your dentist about Sedation Dentistry today.

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Calming Dental Fears With Sedation Dentistry

Do your palms sweat when you think about visiting the dentist?  Does your heart race?  Have you avoided getting needed dental care in the past due to dental fears and anxiety associated with visiting the dentist?  If so, you may be suffering from a dental phobia.  Studies have shown that a high percentage of the population has some level of fear or anxiety associated with visiting the dentist.  However, for most people, this fear does not prevent us from getting the dental treatment we need.  For a small percentage of the population, the fear and anxiety is so severe that it makes it very uncomfortable or even impossible to get the dental care they need to maintain good oral health.

Fortunately, Sedation Dentistry provides a good solution for patients with severe dental phobias.  It can also be a good option for patients who have a severe gag reflex, have trouble getting numb or are allergic to anesthetic medications.  Sedation Dentistry is also used for patients with developmental disabilities, medical problems or other issues that make it difficult to receive dental care.

There are a variety of different types of sedative medications that can be used in dentistry.  One of the most common forms is inhaled Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas).  This form of sedation does not put you to sleep but causes a euphoric sensation.  One of the biggest advantages of laughing gas is the fact that it wears of very quickly once it is ceased and does not cause any after effects.  Oral sedatives are another form of sedation that can be used in dentistry, in the dental office setting.  Once administered, these oral medications produce a sleep-like state, but do not cause you to become unconscious.  You can still follow simple commands.  You may or may not remember anything about the time that you were under the oral sedative medications.  Intravenous sedative medications are another type of sedation that can be used in dentistry, however, this type is typically reserved for the most severe cases or in cases where several procedures are performed in one dental visit.

If a dental phobia is making your dental experience unpleasant or is preventing you from seeking needed dental care, talk to a certified sedation dentist in your local area today.

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Don’t Let Your Fear of the Dentist Ruin Your Dental Health

Is a dental phobia or fear of the dentist negatively affecting your dental health?  If so, you are not alone.  It is estimated that about 15% of the population has some degree of fear and anxiety about going to the dentist.  This can range from a racing heart beat and sweaty palms to fear that is so intense, it is debilitation.

As a result of this fear, many individuals do not seek the dental health care they need to maintain good oral health.  Unfortunately, this can lead to serious dental health problems that require attention.  It is a vicious cycle!

So what is the answer to dealing with dental anxieties?  The first step is to find a dentist and a dental practice that you feel comfortable with.  The second step is to talk to your dentist about your fears and how they can be overcome.  In some cases, it may be as simple as listening to soothing music while you are getting treatment.  In other cases, sedation can be used to ease your fears and anxieties.

Most dental practices today offer some type of Sedation Dentistry.  This can range from inhaled Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) to oral sedative medications to I.V. sedative medications.  Patients who have a fear of the dentist can definitely benefit from Sedation Dentistry.  It is also a good option for patients with a severe gag reflex, individuals who have trouble getting numb with local anesthetics and individuals who have physical limitations that make it difficult to receive dental care.

Don’t let fear keep you from taking good care of your teeth.  Talk to your dentist about your options for Sedation Dentistry today.

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What Is A Root Canal Procedure?

Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of men and women more than a root canal procedure.  For some reason, this highly effective dental procedure that can be used to treat a tooth that has become infected or is severely decayed has received a bad reputation.  Most people think that root canals are really painful when, in fact, a root canal procedure is used to eliminate the pain being caused by an infected tooth.  Although most people fear a root canal, most are not really certain what is involved.

A root canal procedure is a dental treatment that is used to restore and/or save a tooth that has an infection in the nerve and pulp contained in the center of the tooth.    The procedure involves removing the infected nerve and pulp from the center of the tooth, cleaning the area and then sealing it to prevent further infection.  Before a root canal procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic using an injection at the site of the affected tooth.  This will serve to numb the area.  You may also receive either inhaled or oral sedative medications to help you relax during the procedure and to prevent pain.

In most cases, the recovery from a root canal procedure is quick and involves minimal pain.  Most people are able to manage the pain with over-the-counter, NSAID medications.  In some cases, prescription pain pills may be prescribed.  You should let your dentist/Endodontist know if you are experiencing significant pain after a root canal procedure as this may be a sign of a complication.

The bottom line is that there is no need to fear a root canal procedure.  The worst thing you can do is fail to seek treatment for an infected tooth as this can lead to serious complications such as an abscessed tooth and even tooth loss.

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Sedation Dentistry: What Is It?

Sedation Dentistry is a catch all term that can be used to describe dentistry that is performed while a patient is under some type of sedative medication or combination of medications.

Nitrous Oxide is one form of Sedation Dentistry. Nitrous Oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be inhaled to produce a euphoric feeling and to alleviate or diminish pain. Under Nitrous Oxide, patients remain aware of their surroundings, however, the mild sedative helps to relax nerves and calm anxieties that may be associated with visiting the dentist.

Oral Conscious Sedation is another form of Sedation Dentistry. In this case, sedative medications are given to patients orally prior to a dental procedure. The oral sedative medications produce a drowsy effect and make patients slightly less focused on their surroundings but will not put them to sleep. For this type of sedation, transportation must be arranged both to and from the dentist’s office.

IV Sedation is another form of Sedation Dentistry that involves administering sedative medications intravenously.  This type of sedation also requires that the patient has transportation both to and from the dentist’s office from another reliable adult.

Sedation Dentistry is a good option for patients with dental phobias or a fear of the dentist. It can also be a good solution for patients with severe gag reflexes, difficulty getting numb and physical or developmental disabilities that make it difficult to receive dental treatment. Lastly, it can also be used for patients who simply desire a more pleasant dental experience.

Sedation Dentistry has been used effectively for many years. However, it is not right for everyone. Only you and your dentist can decide whether or not Sedation Dentistry is right for you and if it is, which type best suits your needs. If you have questions about Sedation Dentistry, talk to your dentist today.

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New Nasal Spray Could Make Dental Anesthesia Injections A Thing of The Past

According to recent studies, as many as 75% of the population report some degree of dental phobia.  For many, this fear is centered around dental anesthesia injections.  For most, it is inconceivable to think of undergoing dental procedures such as fillings or root canals without anesthesia injections.  However, for many, the thought of dental anesthesia injections conjures almost as much fear and trepidation as the actual procedure itself.

The good news is that researchers at the University of Buffalo have devised a nasal spray that could replace needles for most procedures.  The nasal spray, Kovacaine Mist, is manufactured by S. Renatus LLC and has been found to be as effective as injectable anesthesia in four out of five patients in clinical studies.  The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is currently conducting safety trials.  If the FDA concludes that it is safe, it could be approved as early as next year.

If this anesthesia mist is approved for treatment, it could have significant implications for dental practices.  By offering a nasal mist in place of injectable anesthesia, dental practices will be able to attract patients who have avoided treatment in the past due to fear of needles.  This could also have a significant impact on the dental health of many Americans.  Failure to receive needed dental care only leads to more serious, painful and expensive dental problems.  If this nasal mist causes patients to seek treatment in a more timely manner, it could significantly increase the dental health of many Americans and reduce the overall cost of dental care.

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Sedation Dentistry: Is It For Me?

If your fear and anxiety about going to the dentist (dental phobia) is keeping you from getting the dental treatment you need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, you may be a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry.  Sedation Dentistry involves the use of medications to help patients relax during dental procedures.  It can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple dental cleaning.  How and when it is used depends on the severity of the dental phobia.

Many people use the term “Sedation Dentistry” to mean different things.  Some use this term to refer to the administration of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas).  Nitrous Oxide, when inhaled, causes you to become more relaxed, yet you are still conscious.  The effects of Nitrous Oxide wear off quickly and that is why this type of sedation is the only type where you can actually drive yourself home afterwards. Most of the time, when the term “Sedation Dentistry” is used, it refers to the use of oral sedative medications.  These medications cause you to become drowsy and you may even fall asleep, but, you can still be wakened.  With oral sedative medications, you may not even remember your dental treatment.  If you are having a dental procedure that causes pain, you will also be given a local anesthetic or numbing medication that is applied at the site where the dentist is working in your mouth.

Sedation Dentistry is a great option for patients with dental phobias.  It may also be used for patients who have a low pain threshold, can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair, have a severe gag reflex or who have extremely sensitive teeth.  It may also be a good option for patients who need to have a large amount of dental work completed at one time.

If your fear of the dentists is keeping you from getting the dental treatment you need, ask your dentist today about Sedation Dentistry.  Many dental practices, including Pure Dental Health in Atlanta, offer this important service for patients with dental phobias and other issues that make it difficult to receive dental treatment.

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