You’re not alone, many of us experience some anxiety when seeing the dentist, though for some of us it is worse than others. If seeing the dentist causes you a lot of anxiety, or if you are worried your upcoming dental treatment will be uncomfortable, IV sedation may offer a solution to help you ‘relax’ and feel more at ease. Sedation can be very helpful for patients with dental anxiety, or for adult patients requiring surgical procedures and/or for those who want to complete more treatment in fewer visits. Essentially all dental treatments can be done under sedation.
Does going to the dentist make you nervous?
How does sedation work?
With conscious sedation, the patient is injected with a sedative medication that keeps them relaxed while still conscious enough to respond to questions and remain alert. Most patients have little to no memory of their dental procedure when sedated. While sedated, patients report a feeling of deep relaxation, and the treatment feels like it goes by very quickly. A sedation nurse will be present during your appointment, and they will monitor you closely for your safety throughout your procedure. You will need to arrange for someone to take you home after your appointment as you will feel drowsy for the next 24 hours.