IV Sedation at Tumwater Family Dentistry

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Did you know that 15 percent of the population in the United States experience some form of dental anxiety? Luckily here at Tumwater Family Dentistry, we offer IV sedation so you can get the dental care you need without intense anxiety. 

What Is IV Sedation?

IV sedation is a quick, painless option for any patient who suffers from dental anxiety. When undergoing IV sedation, your dentist will administer an anti-anxiety drug to you intravenously (IV). Once this drug reaches your bloodstream, you will start to feel calm and relaxed.

According to Colgate, “IV sedation is usually reserved for patients who are very anxious about a dental visit. It works quickly, it’s easy to adjust the dose given, and the sedative has a long period of amnesia, meaning you won’t remember what happened during your dental visit or treatment. One drawback of IV sedation is that a dentist needs to be well-trained in the administration of it, meaning that not every dental practice offers it as an option.”

Is IV Sedation For You?

Is IV Sedation For You?

We understand that going to the dentist is not everyone’s favorite activity, but there is a massive difference between dental anxiety and a general disdain for dental procedures. According to Better Health, dental anxiety is defined as, “Anxiety or stress in a dental setting. Dental anxiety can be associated with certain triggers such as needles, drills or the dental setting in general. When dental anxiety is severe and results in irrational fear and complete avoidance of going to the dentist, it can be classified as a dental phobia.”

Regular dental appointments are critical for a healthy mouth and lifestyle, so if you suffer from severe dental anxiety, IV sedation may be the procedure you are looking for.

That being said, there are some risks associated with IV sedation. According to Colgate, “Some people are more likely to experience adverse effects due to sedation, as the AMJ notes. Older people and people with other health conditions have an increased risk of side effects.”

IV Sedation Appointment

IV sedation can have side effects that you need to be aware of. It can cause extreme drowsiness and short-term amnesia. The IV sedation will not put you fully under, but it will make you feel sleepy for an extended period of time. Have someone accompany you to your appointment so they can drive you home. 

How Do We Use IV Sedation At Tumwater Family Dentistry?

How Do We Use IV Sedation At Tumwater Family Dentistry?

IV sedation is typically used for complex or lengthy dental procedures. However, if you suffer from severe dental anxiety it may be used for other routine procedures.

We want our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed when undergoing a dental procedure. That is why we offer IV sedation, as well as other sedation dentistry options such as nitrous oxide. If you suffer from dental anxiety, IV sedation may be able to help you get the dental care you need without feeling extremely anxious.

Contact Us!

Call our office today to schedule an appointment to talk with our caring dental staff about sedation dentistry.

Do You Still Have Questions?

For questions regarding dental health or dental procedures like Invisalign ® that give you the smile of your dreams, please contact us at 360-352-0401 or email us at office@tumwaterfamilydentistry.com. For more information, visit our contact us page.

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