Taking proper care of your mouth is important. However, brushing and flossing alone can only do so much. Routine dental cleanings and exams are crucial for preventing serious issues. Exams and treatment are also important if you are experiencing problems. However, if the thought of going to the dentist fills you with fear or anxiety, you most likely avoid going, which can lead to serious issues with your oral health. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, we can help you to relax at our office with dental sedation.
AVOIDING DENTAL CARE?
Paralyzing fear and anxiety over visiting the dentist is a very real problem. For some people, even the thought of going in for a routine cleaning and exam can cause panic. You might think it’s no big deal to avoid routine visits, but the truth is, these visits are essential for preventing serious oral health issues. Routine exams are a great opportunity for us to spot minor issues. When they go unnoticed, they often develop into something much bigger. Moreover, when they do, they require much more invasive treatments. Sedation dentistry allows you to relax in the dentist’s chair so that you can get the work done that you need, whether it’s a cleaning, a filling or something else. Sedation may also be used if:
- Your gag reflex is bad.
- You have a low pain threshold.
- Your teeth are exceptionally sensitive.
- You find it difficult to sit still for any length of time.
- You need to have much work done, or your procedure is going to take a long time.
WHAT IS IV SEDATION?
IV sedation is also a form of moderate, conscious, sedation. The medication, however, is administered through a needle, directly into your bloodstream. Because of this, it takes effect almost immediately, putting you into a relaxed, drowsy state.
Before your appointment, it is important that you don’t have anything to eat or drink for at least 6 to 8 hours. When you arrive for your appointment, we will insert a needle either into the back of your hand or your forearm. We then hook IV fluids up to the needle. When we are ready to begin your procedure, the medication is turned on. IV sedation is MD supervised and can be adjusted as needed. When your procedure is over, the needle is removed from your hand (or arm). Make sure that you have someone to drive you home, as effects can linger.
BENEFITS OF SEDATION DENTISTRY
Sedation has several benefits:
- It is completely safe, and MD supervised.
- You can relax enough to have your dental procedures done.
- With proper oral care, you will see an improvement in your oral health.
If fear and anxiety keep you from getting the dental care that you need, sedation can help you to relax and remain calm. Contact National Dental Oakland Gardens at (718) 407-0574 to learn more.