INTRAVENOUS SEDATION

In intravenous sedation the dentists inject an anti-anxiety drug into the blood stream of a patient during a dental treatment. The purpose is to help the patient in overcoming his or her fear of the treatment and sensitivity to pain. It is important to know the history of patient on how the fear first began and noting down the various factors that have been involved in the current state of dental health. It is also important to check patient’s medical history to know what type of medications and supplement he/she had taken in the past in order to cure health related issues. It is important to know the type of anxiety and the necessary treatments to lessen the anxiety. This may include:

  • Careful patient management
  • Detailed explanation
  • Preventing the use of certain equipment
  • Use of topical anesthetic gel before injections

For a fewer patients, sedation is the only way to treat dental issues. Here are some of the commonly used sedation procedures used by many dentists:

Conscious Sedation can be treated in three different ways such as inhalation sedation, oral sedation and intravenous sedation. Oral sedation is the process in which patient have to consume sedative tablets before treatment. It is quite difficult to calculate the amount of sedative required by an individual.

Inhalation sedation requires the person to breathe through nasal mask that is over the nose. Nitrous oxide along with oxygen is inhaled. It is used for simple dental treatments such as fillings.

Intravenous sedation is another type of sedation process that involves injection of sedation drugs. It is one of the most efficient ways of sedation process as compared to the other two that are discussed earlier. Intravenous sedation allows the patient to relax completely so that the dentist is able to carry out the necessary procedure involved in the dental treatment.

Intravenous sedation works best in case of paranoid patients as they are not conscious of any pain during the treatment. While the drug has its effect the patients will not remember much of the treatment. This will save them from anxiety and pain. The patients will feel as if they had slept through the dental surgery.

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