There are many patients who suffer from some degree of stress when they have to visit the dentist. But for a minority of people, the level of anxiety becomes a barrier to coming to the dental surgery at all. This extreme fear may be related to memory of an unpleasant experience at the doctors or dental surgery during childhood, that the patient finds difficult to simply put behind them to seek the care they require.  For these patients it is more acceptable to continue to experience dental pain than to find a resolution to it.

However, there are options that may help to reduce fear of going the dentist, such as dental sedation

Dental sedation is also useful when a patient who is not normally fearful of coming to the dentist is undergoing a particularly difficult surgical procedure.

Dental Sedation is a safe technique that can help to treat nervous patients successfully. It can help even the most dentally phobic patients achieve good oral health and a beautiful smile.


What is intravenous sedation?

Intravenous sedation is a sedative given via a vein. This makes you feel much more relaxed about the dental treatment you are about to receive, it takes away your fears and anxieties. Although you will not go to sleep during this sedation, you may think that you have been. Many people cannot remember very much about the treatment afterwards. During dental sedation, your pulse and breathing will be monitored by a clip on your finger or thumb. You may be given extra oxygen to breathe.

What does it feel like to be sedated? During sedation, will I be asleep?

With intravenous sedation, you will remain in a conscious state. The dentist will be able to communicate with you and you will be able to respond. Most patients will not remember anything from the period of sedation, which is why many people mistake this kind of sedation for being unconscious. The reason for the short memory loss is usually because of two things:

  • Intravenous sedation takes the patient into a deep state of relaxation
  • The drug in this sedation gives the feeling of time moving very fast and it usually feels like you were asleep during the procedure. 

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