IV Sedation Services at Alpen Dental
For many, a fear of the dentist keeps them from keeping up with their annual dental examinations. Often, this apprehension is based on painful experiences they’ve had in the past. However, regular dentist appointments are essential to your oral health. These days, there’s no reason your trip to the dentist has to be a painful or scary experience.
At Alpen Dental, we want our patients to be as comfortable and calm as possible. That’s why we provide IV sedation to patients who are struggling with anxiety. Not only does this service reduce the risk of discomfort during a dental procedure, but it also helps lessen any anxiety you may be experiencing. However, you may be wondering what it is and how it works. Before deciding if this service is right for you, consider the following information about what it means to use IV sedation during a dental procedure.
What Is IV Sedation?
Dental sedation is a service we offer which helps our patients have a more relaxing visit during their dental treatment. It involves the use of medication to provide a sedative effect which helps reduce anxiety. Most sedation does not put you to sleep, but it does allow you to feel more relaxed, comfortable and calm. This calming effect is especially important during procedures that are commonly associated with pain, like fillings or extractions. However, sedation can even be used for simple tooth cleanings if it helps our patient.
How Does IV Sedation Work?
Sedation is usually associated with anesthesia, which causes patients to become unconscious. But not all sedatives put patients to sleep. Sedation slightly lowers your state of consciousness, giving you a peaceful sense of calm. At Alpen Dental, we utilize IV sedation.
IV sedation involves the use of a small cannula which is inserted into a vein either in your arm or hand. Once attached, relaxing medication is released into the bloodstream via an intravenous tube. We maintain a constant drip throughout your dental procedure to ensure that the effects last as long as you need them to. If needed, we can reverse the sedative effects by administering an antidote.
Benefits of IV Sedation
The main benefit of IV sedation is that it relieves the anxiety of nervous patients. Fear and trepidation of the dentist are the main reasons why people avoid regular examinations. But sedation services can allow patients to have a comfortable experience, potentially alleviating future concerns about the dentist.
However, there are a few additional benefits of IV sedation, such as:
- Reduced gag reflex, an issue that sometimes hinders dentists as they work
- Decreased pain
- The ability for the dentist to work faster because the patient is more comfortable
- Help to alleviate the fears of pediatric patients
Contact Alpen Dental to Learn More About Our Sedation Services
At Alpen Dental, our dentists can provide IV sedation for any dental procedures we perform. We’ll go over every facet of this option ahead of time so that you have all the information you need beforehand. And if you have any questions, we will gladly answer them. We even have TV monitors installed above each of our dental chairs to take your mind off any anxiety you may be experiencing.
Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant as possible and keep you smiling during and after your procedure. We welcome all patients living in Alberta’s Red Deer area to contact us to schedule an appointment at our Blackfalds or Rimbey locations.