One of the biggest challenges to dentistry is overcoming the fears that patients have. That being said, the biggest obstacles to patients having optimal oral health are those very fears. The fear of pain or needles and sometimes the fear of the sights and sounds of a dentist’s office can cause a patient to avoid care for years. In some instances a patient may have had a very traumatic experience with another dentist in the past. On occasion a medical condition may interfere with a patient’s care. The benefits of IV sedation dentistry are numerous, but overcoming these fears is one of the main ones.
Some of the benefits of IV sedation dentistry are to help you overcome these other fears and difficulties and for patients who may have had trouble in the past like:
Difficulty Getting Numb With Injections
Not everyone can become numb from the injections their dentist normally gives them. IV sedation dentistry can overcome that. It will also take care of your fear of those needles. One needle is needed to start the IV and then you are able to relax.
Sensitive teeth are one of the most common causes of dental pain and it is only made worse by dental procedures. If normal numbing injections have failed in the past, then IV dentistry will remove that pain from any dental procedure.
Physical, Mental, or Medical Conditions
There are many conditions that make it difficult for a patient to undergo dental procedures. Anxiety, people who hate the tastes, smells, and noises of a dental office, and patients with an exaggerated gag reflex are just a few of them. With IV sedation dentistry, these conditions are nullified and will not affect a patient’s care in any way. You will recover and be nearly none the worse for wear.
Traumatic Dental Experience
At some point in a patients life they may have had a traumatic dental experience. Maybe an insensitive practitioner didn’t allow the medication to fully numb their gums before starting the procedure or an excessive amount of pain afterward has made them anxious about their next procedure. Either of these instances could make a patient very leery of every going to a dentist again.
It is possible that you could need more than one procedure done and you are pressed for time, so you elect to have them all done at the same time. IV sedation dentistry is the only way to ensure you are comfortable and pain free throughout all of the procedures.