At Manor Dentists we want all of our patients to feel wholly relaxed and comfortable within our care, for this reason we provide conscious sedation in the form of IV sedation dentistry. This form of sedation is designed to remove your anxiety and any feeling of pain.
What is IV Sedation Dentistry?
The letters IV are short for intravenous which is simply the process of administering sedative medication through the veins. Many of our patients choose this type of sedation because it is fast and thoroughly effective. To administer the sedative, a tiny needle is inserted into the hand or the inner side of the elbow.
Needle phobia is a common condition: if you suffer from this it is likely that you will feel unnerved at the thought of IV sedation. If this is you, our dentists will be there for you every step of the way to make you feel completely at ease. The IV sedative is administered through a tiny needle, therefore there is little to no pain experienced. However, an oral sedative can be provided or a topical anaesthetic where the needle will be placed.
There are many benefits of IV sedation including the following;
- You will not feel any pain.
- You will feel wholly relaxed and at-ease.
- You will still be able to respond to your dentist.
- Treatment is easier to perform and will take less time.
- It is comfortable.
- You won’t be affected by a gag reflex.
- You will not remember much of the appointment itself.
The First Appointment
Before providing patients with conscious sedation, you will have a consultation with your dentist where we will review your health history to evaluate your needs. We will take the time to explain the procedures in full so that you are fully aware of the process. To ensure that your health is not affected we will measure your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels. We may need to take x-rays prior to the procedure.
You must make your dentist aware of any medications and/or supplements that you are required to take, so that we will be aware of any drug interactions that may affect the sedation medication. Your safety is exceptionally important to our specialist sedation dentists. Before carrying out any procedure that requires sedation you will be provided with paperwork which will require your signed consent. We will issue you with instructions before your specified appointment takes place. If you have any questions before the appointment our expert team will happily provide you with the answers that you need.
The Appointment Itself
Usually patients are asked not to eat or drink for 8 hours before the IV sedation appointment. You will need a companion to take you to the surgery and back as you will not be able to drive after the appointment. Your sedation dentist or a specially trained dental nurse will be there for you throughout the appointment. It is recommended that you wear loose clothing as this will aid relaxation. Your shoes should be easy to remove, to ensure that you are comfortable and warm we will wrap blankets around you. Patient care is paramount to our practice.
Throughout the appointment your anaesthetist will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, levels of oxygen and pulse. Your anaesthetist may need to utilise more monitoring devices dependent on your medical history. Our professional dentists will closely monitor the position of your neck and head to ensure that your airway remains open and you are comfortable. Once your medication has been administered you will become increasingly relaxed and secure. Because of your relaxed state the dentist will be able to carry out dentistry of the highest standard.
The time it takes to recover from the sedation varies depending on the patient. You should not operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle for a minimum period of 24 hours after the appointment has taken place. Some patients experience nausea after IV sedation however this is temporary and a prescription can be provided by your dentist. It is advised that patients drink plenty of water for the rest of the day and sleep.
We will provide you with aftercare advice and instructions specific to the treatment that you have undertaken. Post-treatment pain is often less in sedation patients because the dentist can perform high quality dentistry with less force and easy access.
If you would like more information in regards to conscious sedation please get in contact with our expert team who will be able to provide you with all the information that you need.