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How Does IV Sedation Work?

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Sedation is a modern and popular way for nervous patients to have treatment. If you have had a past bad experience or you really can’t stomach going to the dentist, then sedation may be ideal for you.

You won’t be fully under, you will be able to talk and respond to questions,but you won’t remember the treatment during or after. The way the sedation works is by causing temporary memory loss. It is injected intravenously through a small injection into the patients arm. This is fast acting and will quickly put the patient at ease and allow them to get on with the treatment. Because the patient will not be in control of themselves they will require a chaperone to take them from the clinic and they won’t be able to drive themselves or take public transport.

Treatments Under Sedation

It is possible to decide to have the majority of treatments with sedation. If you are interested in a particular treatment and as unsure what will exactly be involved, we offer free consultations to asses your teeth, identify your goals and discuss the most suitable treatments for you. Quite often there can be multiple treatments that can achieve your goals. Depending on your exact circumstances some may be more recommendable than others. For example, for tooth replacement options you may want a more stable restoration. Dental implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement as they will securely hold your new teeth in place. Where as dentures are a removable option but in some circumstances will be more viable than implants (if you are not a suitable candidate for implants).

We will asses each case on an individual basis and will give you the information you need to make an educated decision on how you would like to proceed. To find out more information, please do not hesitate to book your free consultation today.

Sedation Dentist Birmingham

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It is quite common to be scared of the dentist. We see many patients on a regular basis who have had a previously bad experience which has lead to a life long fear. We work with our nervous patients to help them overcome their fear and have the treatment they need and deserve.

We offer an extensive range of treatments to meet a wide range of needs. Some of the more complex and invasive treatments like dental implants may seem to scary too comprehend. This is where sedation dentistry comes in. Its a method that allows us to administer sedation through a small painless IV injection into the patients arm. This will then send the patient into a deep relaxed state and will cause temporary memory loss, so they will be blissfully unaware of their surroundings and the treatment that is going on. You will be awake and able to talk and respond to questions, but you won’t recall the treatment during and after.

All sedation patients do require an adult chaperon to help take them home safely and look after them once they are home. This is because you won’t be in full control of your body and won’t be able to make decisions for yourself during this short period of time.

We find sedation is a very popular treatment as it can be used with the majority of treatments that we offer. We have had patients come for a scale and polish under sedation as the chair was too much for them. After a few regular sessions we have noticed patients change their views to dentistry and have been able to have treatment without needing sedation.

If you are a nervous patient and know you need some form of treatment, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

Are You Scared of The Dentist, But Wanting Dental Treatment?

If you have had a bad experience of the dentist in the past, and are now too scared to go, then you may have been putting off treatment for a long time. A small hole in a tooth can quickly get out of hand, and broken, chipped or lost teeth can occur. Our dental team can help anyone who needs a lot of dental treatment, but is nervous of dental work or of the dentist themselves. We can help you to relax, have a more pleasant experience, and get your teeth fixed so that they no longer hurt.

Overcoming Fear

The main problem with fixing your teeth if you have a fear of the dentist, is that you can’t relax. Even during the assessment visit, you may hold your tongue, jaw or lips in a position which means that our dentists can’t get a good look at the problem. You may also find that treatments including polishing or whitening are more uncomfortable because your muscles are tense. Fear of pain can increase the chances of experiencing pain, and this could be a significant problem if you are trying to overcome being scared of the dentist.

How We Can Help Our Patients

When you make an appointment to see our team, we can suggest a number of ways that you can overcome your fears and help both yourself and the dentist. One of the ways in which our team can help you is by offering IV sedation with your treatment. In this process, we give you an IV injection which then allows us relax you during your treatment – making an hour or two feel like ten minutes. This will help you to relax, and can ensure that you end up with a more positive outlook on dental work.

Can IV Treatment Help Me?

If you have never been offered IV treatment before, then you may not know whether it is the right option for you. We find that patients who need a lot of dental work really benefit from sedation, since it allows our dentists to work quickly, and with precision, and we can often complete 2 or 3 treatments in the time it usually takes us to complete one when the patient is alert. This means that when you need extensive dental reconstruction, our sedatives allow you to have fewer appointments, and fewer visits to the dentist, which can be ideal if you are nervous about the visit.

Is IV Sedation at The Dentist Horrible?

It is a sad fact that many patients are still afraid of their dentist, and this can mean that they put off essential dental work because they are worried about discomfort, or the sounds of dental equipment. The drill is a nightmare for some, and they may even be too nervous to visit the dentist for a routine check up. Even the regular dental patient might become nervous when they know that they need some dental work. In cases like these, our dental team may have offered you the chance to have IV sedation. This is a relatively new method of helping the patient to relax and feel less tense while the dentist does their work. It is also a great way of overcoming fears of the dentist or memories of previously unpleasant experiences.

What Is IV Sedation?

If you dentist has offered you IV sedation, you may be worried about what that might mean for you. This is intravenous sedation, which means that the dentist will inject a sedative into your arm. For people who are nervous about dentist’s equipment, this might make them even more nervous. Most patients describe the feeling as like a small pinch in the arm. The IV sedation is slowly injected into the patient in a controlled manner. This helps to slowly administer the IV without causing any discomfort to the patient.

What Are The Effects of Sedation?

If you have decided to have IV sedation, then you may still be concerned about the after-effects of the treatment. The sedated patient will usually experience what is known as an ‘altered state’, where they are conscious but not aware of what is going on or any part of the treatment, and are more likely to have no memory of the procedure after waking up. These types of sedation used will make you feel relaxed, and you are likely to not notice whether you are nervous or not. You will be carefully monitored at all times and time will seem to pass very quickly, so it only feels as though ten minutes have passed, while your dentist can complete a wide variety of treatments at the same time.

After the dental work is finished, you should not drive for at least 24 hours and you shouldn’t be alone, but patients do start to feel alert after the IV sedation is finished. We always have our sedation patients arrive with a chaperone to ensure that you are safe on your journey home. You may experience mild nausea, but this will pass if you sleep and drink plenty of water.

How To Get Rid of Nerves for The Dentist

If you have suffered from a fear of the dentist for a long time, then you may have avoided essential treatment for your teeth. You may have come to the point where dental work is essential, be at the risk of losing all of your teeth if you don’t have some treatment now, or have just decided that being scared of the dentist is a problem you can resolve. Getting rid of your nerves before a dentists’ visit is not always easy, but there are a few things that you can do to make sure that your appointment goes well.

Using Treats and Rewards

Retraining your mind to not be nervous of the dentist can be easier if you reward yourself after a successful visit, or take steps to soothe your nerves beforehand with something you enjoy. If you are thinking of your reward while the dentist appointment is going on, then you might be distracted enough to relax. A combination of distraction techniques, such as listening to music or planning a special event, and relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or yoga, can help you to feel better about the dentist visit.

Use Good Communication

As important as it is to use relaxation techniques in the short term, one of the best ways to get rid of nerves in the long-term is to develop a good relationship with your dentist. Talking openly and honestly about your treatments can actually relax you, as you will be told what is happening, when it is happening, and what to expect. If you find a dentist you like and trust, then you should be some way towards feeling better about your treatment. You may also want to know about the treatments, and can find facts about extractions, crowns, fillings and other kinds of dental work in books and online. Research can help you to feel in control of your dental treatment.

Using Sedation

If you find that your anxiety is so extreme that you can’t relax at all, then it may help to have the dentist give you a small IV sedative while the treatment is being completed. Our team of highly trained dentists know how to use this method to relax their patients, and most of our nervous patients really benefit from this sedation, relaxing and feeling as though the dental work has only taken a short time.

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By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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