I.V sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness where patients are able to respond verbally even though their cognitive functions are impaired.
In a dental setting, intravenous sedation has been made use of to help manage pain and anxiety. It has gained popularity all over the world because it’s a common choice for most people who suffer from anxiety and fear of dental treatment. It has also been the best option for people with such health issues as circulatory complications, autism and many others.
Since young children need dental services too, I.V sedation has worked best for them. It’s evident that some children will be scared to undergo dental procedures and would therefore benefit from the use of this anaesthetic method to calm them down.
Advantages of Using Intravenous Sedation in Dentistry
I.V Sedation Safer as Compared to General Anaesthesia
Intravenous sedation allows the patient to remain in a semi-conscious state and with this, they can be able to communicate with the dentist and tell how they are feeling as the treatment continues. This is not possible with general anaesthesia since the patient is not aware of whatever is going on and therefore cannot communicate about any discomfort experienced during the process.
I.V Induces A Deep State of Relaxation
It helps a patient to contain the anxiety that comes with an upcoming dental treatment. It also allows a cooperative process since the patient is pain-free. This happens because the semi-conscious state can take one to sleep hence an easy and anxiety-free procedure.
Quick Response by the I.V Sedation
Unlike oral sedation that takes time to work, I.V sedation takes effect so quickly that you don’t have to wait for some time. It moves to the brain very fast and puts the patient in relaxation. This is because it’s coursed through the veins making it more effective and reliable.
Reduction of Gagging Responses
This is a problem of having immediate responses to pain, panic, anxiety or discomfort. Intravenous sedation helps in calming such patients down.
Adjustable Doses Of I.V Sedation
Dentists can easily increase the dose until the patient is completely relaxed.
Since a patient loses his/her memory for some time, their mind cannot create new memories of the ongoing dental process and so will not have to fear the following visits.