If you are afraid of going to the dentist - a condition known as dentophobia - then understand that you are in good company. Studies show that up to 15 percent of the American population has a deep fear of coming to see us. If you are part of the millions of people who are afraid of going to the dentist, please let us here at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center. Your confession will not offend us or hurt our feelings. If we know in advance that you are anxious about your appointment, we can offer you an option known as IV sedation to help you feel calm and at ease during your appointment!
What is IV Sedation and Can It Benefit Me?
While coming to see us is typically a routine procedure, it does not change the fact that many people have an debilitating fear of dentists. That is where IV (intravenous) sedation stands out as an excellent option for our nervous patients. Whether you had a traumatic experience as a child at the dentist's office, or you really cannot pinpoint exactly why you are afraid, IV sedation can help you feel relaxed during your exam.
During IV sedation, we will place an intravenous solution of antianxiety medications directly into your bloodstream. These medicines will help you feel extremely relaxed, but they will not render you unconscious. It is also known as twilight sedation. You will be awake, and you will be able to respond to questions or touches from us, but you may have slight amnesia afterward and may not be able to recall all aspects of your dental appointment.
If you are afraid of needles, we do need to advise you that to administer IV sedation; we do need to place a needle into your skin. This is usually on the back of your hand, but once the medicine is in your system, you will not notice it. If the thought of placing the IV makes you feel nervous, we can prepare you with a numbing cream or even nitrous oxide (laughing gas) beforehand. We will monitor you carefully during your appointment and adjust the amount of medicine being administered if needed.
You will not need to be hooked up to a breathing machine, however; IV sedation is different from general sedation in that regard and is regarded as safer. If you need additional pain medication during your appointment, such as a topical analgesic if we perform a filling or any other procedure, we will wait until you are fully relaxed before administering it.
We generally advise that you do not eat eight hours before your procedure. Afterward, you will be groggy, and some of our patients have reported feeling slightly queasy or nauseous afterward. You will not be able to drive yourself home, or return to work, so plan accordingly and make sure you come with a friend or partner to take you home afterward. Do not operate heavy machinery for up to 48 hours afterward.
Nobody should ever have to miss out on vital dental care and treatment due to fear. If you are interested in learning more about IV sedation, or you are ready to schedule your appointment with us here at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center. Give us a call at Carrollton: (972) 242-7603 or Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050 or Denton: (940) 566-7021 today!
2440 N. Josey Lane,
Carrollton, TX 75006
ph: (972) 242-7603
fax: (972) 242-0925
651 Cross Timbers Road,
Flower Mound, TX 75028
ph: (972) 434-8050
fax: (972) 434-2043
1601 N. Elm,
Denton, TX 76201
ph: (940) 566-7021
fax: (940) 383-8319
6340 Preston Road,
Frisco, TX 75034
ph: (972) 242-7603