Taking proper care of your mouth is essential for good oral, and overall health. This includes both care at home as well as professional care. However, for some people, the thought of going to the dentist, even for something as simple as a cleaning and exam, can be a frightening concept. You do your best to care for your teeth at home. Despite your best efforts, though, you can still suffer from oral health issues such as gum disease and dental injuries. Without professional treatment, these issues only get worse. At National Dental Upper East Side, we offer oral and IV sedation, helping to ease your anxiety and get the procedures done that you need.
WHY USE SEDATION?
It’s not uncommon to have a fear of going to the dentist. Often, this fear comes about because of a bad experience. Whatever the reason for your anxiety, it can be enough to keep you from getting any dental work done, from a simple cleaning and exam to a serious surgical procedure. Sedation can help to calm your nerves to that you can get your required procedures done. There are several other uses for sedation including:
- You have a low pain tolerance.
- Your teeth are exceptionally sensitive.
- You have difficulty sitting still for any length of time.
- You have a bad gag reflex.
- You need a substantial amount of dental work done, or your procedure will take several hours.
IV sedation involves the use of medication that is delivered directly into your veins. Like oral sedation, it is a form of moderate conscious sedation. You are still conscious, but you are made drowsy. Because the medication is delivered into your bloodstream, it goes to work immediately. This particular type of sedation is MD supervised and can be adjusted by one of our professionals as needed.
Before your procedure, it is important that you not eat or drink anything for at least 6 to 8 hours. Once in the office chair, we will insert a needle into your arm, or the back of your hand. The medication will be administered and will go to work within 30 seconds. Once your procedure is complete, the needle will be removed. It will still take a while for the effects to wear off, so you will need someone to drive you home.
BENEFITS OF SEDATION
There are several benefits to sedation dentistry:
- You are made to be completely relaxed.
- You can have all of your dental procedures done, whether it is a cleaning or a surgical procedure.
- Sedation is completely safe.
- You will see a significant improvement in your oral health.
If the thought of a dental visit makes you anxious, sedation dentistry may be able to help. For more information on oral and IV sedation, and what it can do for you, call National Dental Upper East Side today at (646) 736-2206!