Dental Anxiety? Moderate IV Sedation Can Help!

Even we get a little nervous going to the dentist sometimes. So, we recognize going to the dentist can be scary at any age, even if it’s for something as simple as a cleaning or x-ray. For some potential dental patients, fear and anxiety are major reasons they avoid necessary dental work, especially with more extensive procedures like extractions or root canals. The doctors at Keith + Associates strive to make every patient feel welcome and comfortable no matter what their appointment is for. Your peace of mind and relaxation are a top priority for us!

Thanks to new advancements in dentistry, several tools to reduce and eliminate these worries are now available in many dental practices, and we are proud to say Keith + Associates is one of them! For those who have severe anxiety, have difficulty remaining still, or require an extensive procedure, we offer Moderate IV Sedation to help patients shake off those dental jitters!

What is Moderate IV Sedation?

Used as an alternative to nitrous oxide or pills, Moderate IV Sedation is a sedative we deliver through your bloodstream via your hand or arm. Utilizing Moderate IV Sedation not only you to relax, but you may also even lightly fall asleep during the procedure! It also allows for the dentist to adjust levels of sedation for your personal needs. We administer Moderate IV Sedation often, so our doctors have experienced creating a safe and stress-free experience for you.

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After you’re under sedation, you won’t have to worry about nervousness or jitters during your procedure. You’ll relax with little awareness of time. Your senses will dull, including your ability to feel pain, and at the end of your dental procedure, you’ll barely have a memory of it. Most patients describe their recollection of the experience afterward as being almost like a dream. Throughout your entire time in the chair, we’ll carefully monitor your comfort levels and adjust them as needed to keep you at ease throughout your time in the chair.

Patient Preparation for Moderate IV Sedation

An appointment with Moderate IV Sedation takes a little preparation. Commonly, we suggest patients avoid eating before their procedure. We also require sedation patients to arrive with a driver to safely bring them home. It is crucial to follow your dentist’s advice before and aftercare to ensure the success and comfort of the procedure and proper healing of the affected area.

What to Expect from Moderate IV Sedation During and After a Procedure

When you arrive for your dental procedure, we’ll get you comfortable in the chair before starting an IV in your hand or arm. In just a few minutes, you’ll feel the relaxation kick in. As we perform your dental procedure, we’ll monitor your vital signs and ensure your comfort throughout the entire process. We’re here with you every step of the way.

After we complete your dental procedure, we will stop the medication and remove the IV. You will slowly come back to your senses; however, you will not be safe to drive.

You’ll typically feel tired for a few hours after your procedure. The next day, you should take it easy and avoid physical activity, driving, or operating heavy machinery. Give yourself time to recuperate from your dental procedure and indulge in a bit of self-care. During this time, you should avoid any unapproved medications, alcohol, and drugs until your dentist clears you. While complications are incredibly rare, it is important to pay attention to any issues you may be experiencing. Be sure to contact us immediately if any concerns arise.

If you’re ready to experience a stress-free dental appointment, give us a call at (913) 384-0044 or schedule an appointment online today!