At Kent Smile Studio near Chatham we want all our patients to feel relaxed and reassured when they have dental treatment. We know that many patients feel nervous or anxious when they need treatment and we offer sedation to help nervous patients feel calm and confident.
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation is a technique used to help people relax when they have medical or dental procedures. It involves injecting sedative medication into a vein in the arm. Sedation is a means of bring the body and mind into a state of relaxation; it does not make you lose consciousness and you will be able to breathe independently. When you are sedated, shortly after the injection, you will start to feel a little drowsy and then very relaxed. During the procedure, you will not feel pain and it is likely that you will not remember much after treatment.
Why is sedation beneficial?
Sedation can be hugely beneficial for patients who suffer from nerves and anxiety when they need treatment. Any procedure can be daunting and if you already suffer from dental phobia or severe anxiety, the mere thought of going to the dentist may fill you with dread. Sedation helps to make you feel calmer in the run-up to treatment, as well as during the actual procedure and this makes future appointments less of a worry.
Sedation is also beneficial for patients who are undergoing complex treatment, as dentists are able to work for longer if they are sure that patients are relaxed and comfortable. Sedation can also be effective for people who dislike going to the dentist due to having an over-sensitive gag reflex.
If you’ve been putting off going to the dentist or you dread every appointment and regularly postpone appointments due to anxiety, we can help. Call us today to find out how sedation could help you.