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IV Dental Sedation in Rock Hill

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What to Expect From IV Dental Sedation

Is IV Sedation Dentistry Right for You and How Does It Work?

female patient receiving iv sedation in rock hill, scMost people dislike dental visits and the procedures that go with them. According to the American Dental Association, 22 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid or anxious. Postponing dental visits raises the risk of tooth loss, severe dental infections, and even oral cancer. Fortunately, dentists are now employing dental sedation techniques to assist patients in receiving necessary dental care without the associated pain and anxiety. Piedmont Dental is one of the few licensed and qualified dental practices in Rock Hill that provides IV sedation to their patients.

How does intravenous sedation work?

patient at dentists office smilingIV dental sedation is a simple process and very straight forward. The procedure starts by arriving with a trusted caregiver to drive you.  You would come in fasting for 8 hours.  We then check your vitals and start with placing an IV in your hand or arm during your dental appointment. The small needle we use is attached to an intravenous tube, which carries the medicine into the bloodstream. Scared of needles? Don’t worry. We have a special numbing spray that can help with that. To ensure your safety, Dr. Areheart will constantly monitor your pulse and oxygen levels. Your blood pressure will be measured during the procedure, as well. After the procedure, you may feel a little groggy. This is completely normal and we are here to make sure you are fully conscious before letting you leave. As a result, we require you to have a family member or a friend drive you home. It’s also a good idea to take the entire day off so you can rest properly.

Advantages of IV Sedation Dentistry

photo of sedation fluid in IVWhen compared to other types of sedation dentistry, the IV is more advantageous because: -Sedatives administered through the bloodstream allow you the ability to give a custom dose that may be different depending on your specific response. -IV sedation is appropriate for patients who have a severe gag reflex. -IV sedation helps you relax and feel very sleepy while not taking away your ability to breathe.  As a result, you will be able to breathe and move on your own.  This is a very predictable procedure with the vast majority responding very well to this type of sedation. -Multiple procedures can be performed by the dentist in a single visit. This means that patients who require extensive dental care can have their treatments completed in fewer visits. This not only reduces the anxiety and fear associated with dental visits, but it also lowers dental care costs. – The IV sedation meds have the effect of leaving minimal recollection of what occurred during the procedure.   Most patients have very little if any memory of the procedure itself.  The patient is not aware of the procedure or doesn’t care that the procedure is happening because of the medication during the appointment. -There is less discomfort after the procedure because it has fewer side effects than other sedation methods such as general anesthesia that require you to be intubated.

Is IV sedation dentistry a good option for you?

patient at Piedmont Dental sedated for dental examIf you are afraid of needles, the dentist, or dental procedures, then IV sedation is an excellent option for your visit. If you are having implant placement, teeth extractions or multiple fillings or crowns, Dr. Areheart may also recommend this type of sedation.   If you have dental anxiety and need to undergo multiple dental procedures, you may choose IV sedation. You should consult with us to determine if IV sedation is best for you. Let us know if you are taking any medications, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, during your appointment. Patients who have tried IV sedation at Piedmont Dental say they will never do another procedure without it. It’s that good!


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