Dental phobia and anxiety can be extremely problematic for many patients. These conditions can cause people to become extremely nervous during trips to the dentist or skip regular cleanings and check-ups altogether. Others may delay having extensive restorative procedures done because they are concerned about how long the treatment will take or that it might be painful. We want these patients to know that they do have options, and we are pleased to provide relaxing, comfortable care in a secure environment. Intravenous (IV) sedation administered at our practice is regulated and monitored by a physician anesthesiologist to ensure our patients' safety. If you would like to learn more about how you can benefit from IV sedation at our Honolulu office, please contact our practice to make an appointment with Dr. Rohinton Patel.
A Safe and Effective Relaxation Technique
IV sedation delivers medication directly into a vein in the arm or hand, allowing patients to quickly enter into a relaxed state of "twilight sleep." Unlike general anesthesia, you are not actually asleep, but the sedative produces an amnesiac effect so you will most likely not remember anything from the time during your procedure. Twilight sleep refers to a state of deep relaxation that allows you to remain alert enough to answer questions and respond to commands while remaining comfortable throughout treatment.
The response to IV sedation takes effect very quickly, and the level of sedation can be monitored and adjusted during your procedure. Other forms of sedation that rely on pills can take an extensive amount of time to get the dosage right. In addition, the effects can take more than an hour to become apparent, which can prolong the total treatment time. Having a physician on hand to administer and monitor our patients throughout their procedures ensures their comfort and safety, which are of primary importance to our practice.
IV Sedation Candidacy
When you come into one of our offices for your initial consultation, Dr. Patel will perform an evaluation to determine your candidacy for IV sedation. In general, this type of sedation is often recommended for patients who suffer from dental phobias because it will allow them to undergo whatever type of treatment they need while effectively addressing their fears. IV sedation is often recommended for extensive or time-consuming procedures, such as:
This type of sedation may be applicable for nearly any restorative or cosmetic treatment, depending on the unique needs of the individual patient. It is especially helpful for patients who have a sensitive gag reflex or those that suffer from painful medical conditions, such as neck or back problems. IV sedation may be best for patients who are not suitable candidates for other sedative options due to problems associated with high blood pressure or reactions to other medications.
Make a Sedation Dentistry Appointment
If you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety and would like to learn more about IV sedation, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel.