Sometimes things can be hard to take. Brussels sprouts for instance; in my opinion, they are difficult to consume. Yes, they are healthy and packed full of vitamins and nutrients that are good for the body, but all I see are tiny sour cabbages. However, when you know something is necessary and can benefit your life, a little sprucing up can make things a bit easier. After I added a little dressing to the sprouts, it made them easier to swallow. The same can be said about having to deal with a dental procedure that might make you anxious and uncomfortable; a little sprucing can go a long way.
Sedation dentistry is a great way to help those who suffer anxiety or have issues with pain during procedures. Your Ottawa dental professional is equipped to help you. There are a few options of sedation such as: inhaled sedation (use of ‘laughing gas’), oral sedation, deep sedation using general anaesthesia and intravenous sedation.
Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation is when the dental professional administers the medication intravenously to subdue patients who are severely anxious during dental procedures. The amount of medication used is moderate (seeing as how you won’t need to be under for too long, unless the procedure calls for it). Applying the medication intravenously allows for a faster activation into the system.
Many anxious patients are truly happy with this form of sedation. Some of the benefits include:
- Diminishes the gag reflex (as no throat tube is required)
- A feeling of deep relaxation
- Quick onset when applied and a fast recovery when completed
If you’re someone who is anxious about dental procedures, make sure to speak with your Ottawa dental professional about any questions or concerns you may have.