Oral sedation dentistry in Queens - Anxiety-free procedures for patients with dental phobia
It’s been estimated that nearly 50% of the population has some kind of dental fear, from people who feel a little uncomfortable, to those who are so terrified they can’t set foot in a dental office. Whether it’s fear or something else that’s keeping you away, today’s dentistry gives Dr. Brecher many options for making you comfortable throughout your appointment. Anesthesia can eliminate pain for most people, but sometimes that’s not enough. Sedation dentistry uses medications to relax patients which makes for a completely relaxed dental experience with little or no memory of the appointment. We are fortunate enough to be able to offer our patients at Kew Gardens Dental Arts both IV sedation and oral sedation. So if you are nervous about going to the dentist we have the solution.
IV sedation dentists must have received specialized advanced training and must be certified by the local Dental Board before they can offer intravenous sedation to their patients. They should also have formal training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and their dental office must be equipped with the necessary monitoring devices.
Although IV sedation dentistry is mainly intended to offer anxiety control to severely phobic patients, they are not the only ones who regularly seek the benefits of IV sedation dentistry.
IV sedation is usually recommended for oral surgery procedures, to help the patient relax during long and stressful procedures such as wisdom tooth extractions, dental implant placement, gum surgery and other invasive treatments.
Alternatives to IV conscious dental sedation include nitrous oxide (inhalation sedation), oral sedation, and general anesthesia. Many dental offices incorrectly advertise it under the term ‘sleep dentistry’. IV sedation dentistry is a method of conscious sedation, and should not be confused with sleep dentistry which is closer related to general anesthesia (unconscious sedation). The patient remains conscious during treatment, able to respond to questions or requests from the dentist, but in a totally relaxed state and relieved from any anxieties. However the amnesic effects of the used anti-anxiety medications give patients the impression that they slept through the procedure.
What is Intravenous Sedation Dentistry?
Intravenous sedation means that the sedative medication is administered directly into the bloodstream using a needle inserted into a vein. This allows the fast onset of sedation and gives the dentist better control on the sedation level, which are considered as its main advantages over other methods. However the need to use a needle is one of the main concerns against it especially for needle phobic patients.
Before the procedure the patient must follow the pre-operative instructions given by the dentist in the consultation appointment. Patients must also sign a consent form after the dentist has explained the potential risks of IV sedation.
Continuous monitoring of the patient throughout the procedure is critically important for ensuring the safety of IV sedation procedure. Breathing, pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation are monitored by a combination of clinical observation and use of electronic equipment.
Recovery from IV sedation dentistry may take up to 24 hours, and during this period the post-operative instructions must be followed carefully. Its safety record is excellent when performed by a trained and experienced dentist in a properly equipped dental office. Certain medical and mental conditions are considered as contraindication for using IV sedation due to the increased risk of potential IV sedation side effects.
Intravenous Conscious Sedation Dentistry is one of the available sedation methods that dentists use to offer a comfortable level of relaxation to patients with dental anxiety or fear.
IV sedation is a highly effective and safe method but it is not used as widely as oral sedation or nitrous oxide due to the advanced training and licensing requirements for the dentists, and the higher cost for the patient.
Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
People who have . . .
actual fear of dentists and dental procedures
traumatic dental experiences
difficulty getting numb
a bad gag reflex
very sensitive teeth
complex dental problems
limited time to complete dental care
People who . . .
hate needles and shots!
hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
are afraid or embarrassed about
If you are on of these types of people where the word 'dentist' makes you feel squeamish and you are looking for a sedation dentist in Queens then 'sedation dentistry' may be the procedure for you.