Everything You Want To Know About IV Sedation [BLOG]

Do you avoid going to the dentist because you’re afraid or anxious? If so, you’re one of millions in America who feel the same way. Dental anxiety affects so many people in this country that dentists have had to take a serious look at their approach to making patients feel as comfortable as possible.

In Geismar, LA, there is a dental staff that puts your comfort first. Our caring team at Ascension Premier Dental is the only dental office in the area specially trained and certified to offer IV sedation. This option is incredibly effective in helping people just like you who are so fearful that you skip routine dental cleanings and exams.

Suffering from dental anxiety can have a profoundly negative impact on your oral and overall health. Now, you might try to rationalize your time out of the dental chair by telling yourself it’s not a big deal as long as you don’t have any dental problems. While that’s understandable, it’s simply not true.

One of the reasons for this is gum disease. Studies have linked it to serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and the worst part about that is how insidious gum disease can be. It’s really hard for the untrained eye to detect, especially considering that years can go by before you exhibit noticeable symptoms. By that point, it can be so far advanced that you risk tooth loss.

So let’s take a look at some of the most common questions people have about IV sedation and how it can help you get your oral health back on track.  

What Does IV Sedation Involve?

Intravenous sedation is when you’re given medication to help you stay completely calm and relaxed through an IV line. It’s more powerful than nitrous oxide and oral sedation, and in fact, it even helps you sleep through your dental procedure. Afterward, it’s likely that you won’t even remember receiving treatment or any of the unpleasant sights, smells, or sounds you probably ascribe to a visit to the dental office.

When Would IV Sedation Be Appropriate?

IV sedation would be most appropriate in two common circumstances:

  1. You’re someone who has a rather intense fear of going to the dentist to the point where you skip routine dental care altogether. You might associate negative memories from past dental experiences to any visits you have as an adult. Or you might become increasingly anxious when you enter the dentist’s office once you take in all its familiar smells, sights, and sounds, all of which are quite frightening to you.
  2. You require a long, complicated dental procedure that would best be performed on fearful patients like you because of how it allows you to drift off into a relaxing, sleepy state.

What Would I Feel Like Under IV Sedation?

When you’re scheduled to receive dental care under IV sedation, it requires you to arrange transportation from a family member or friend both to and from your appointment. That’s because the medication puts you in a sleep-like state enough to where you can still respond to Dr. Bessonet and our team when it’s necessary, but after your procedure is over, you won’t recall any of it. It takes a little time for the grogginess to wear off, so that’s why you shouldn’t drive yourself home after your procedure.

Is It Safe?

Yes! Being able to offer IV sedation requires extra training and certification, and Dr. Bessonet and our Ascension Premier Dental staff have the necessary skills and credentials needed to administer this form of sedation.

Are There More Comfort Options Beyond IV Sedation?

Absolutely! Again, our warm, caring team puts your comfort first. That’s why we offer amenities like private operatories, warm blankets, televisions, and headphones. From the time you walk in, to the time you leave, we go above and beyond to make sure you are very well taken care of.

How Do I Know If IV Sedation Is Right For Me?

All you have to do is call our Geismar dental office for an appointment with Dr. Bessonet. He will sit down and talk to you about your fears and concerns and help you decide what form of sedation is right for you.

IV sedation makes it possible for patients like you to get the dental care you need! Call us today at 225-963-5548 or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment.