Sometimes it pays to be fully alert, such as when you’re driving. (Hint: never text and drive!) But other times, you’re probably better off being mostly unaware of what’s happening—like when you’re having lots of dental work completed. Why not relax, drift off and wake up with almost no memory of what occurred? That’s exactly what can happen when you see a sedation dentist in Worcester. When you see a dentist or periodontist that is certified to administer IV sedation, you’ll have nothing to worry about. Read on to learn more about IV sedation for dentistry.
IV Sedation in Worcester
With IV sedation, you relax and remain completely comfortable during the entire procedure. You also won’t feel any discomfort or pain.
Is IV Sedation Safe?
Nothing is more important that your health and safety. An anesthesiologist comes to the office to administer the correct dosage of sedative and to monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, pulse and oxygen level during treatment. The minimum amount of sedative is given to keep you comfortable, and someone is with you at all times while you are sedated.
How is the IV Started?
IV sedation is delivered through your veins. A small needle is inserted into a vein on the back of your hand or along the inside of your elbow. If you’re fearful of needles, a topical anesthetic can be applied to ease the needle’s insertion. The sedative goes to work as soon as it begins to enter the bloodstream, so you will immediately feel at ease, sleepy and your entire body will relax.
What Happens After IV Sedation?
You will be given plenty of time to rest and regain your bearings while still in the dentist’s chair. When you’re able, someone will help you stand and walk. You will not, however, be allowed to drive. Therefore, you must have a friend or family member waiting to take you home.
Spend the remainder of the day resting, and you can return to normal activities in 24 hours.
If you have any further questions about how to remain blissfully unaware during dental care, please contact a sedation dentist in Worcester.
Meet the Periodontists
Dr. Handsman and Dr. Jenny are periodontists in Worcester. Both are trained and skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. They offer both non-surgical and surgical treatments as well as dental implant surgery. Sedation is available for any of these services. Call to schedule an appointment today.