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IV Sedation Treatment

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IV sedation at Lancashire Dental offers a comprehensive solution for patients experiencing dental anxiety or those requiring extensive dental procedures. Intravenous (IV) sedation is a highly effective method to ensure patient comfort and relaxation during dental treatments. Administered by our qualified professionals, IV sedation allows patients to remain conscious but deeply relaxed, often with little to no memory of the procedure.

The benefits of IV sedation are numerous. It works quickly, providing a profound sense of calm and significantly reducing anxiety levels. This type of sedation is particularly beneficial for patients with a strong fear of dental visits, those with a low pain threshold, or individuals needing complex or lengthy treatments. Additionally, IV sedation allows for better control over the sedation level, which can be adjusted throughout the procedure to ensure optimal comfort.

At Lancashire Dental, patient safety and comfort are our top priorities. Our team is trained in the latest sedation techniques and closely monitors patients throughout their treatment to ensure a safe and pleasant experience. By choosing IV sedation, you can receive the dental care you need without the stress and anxiety that often accompany dental visits, making it easier to maintain your oral health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Intravenous (IV) sedation is when a sedative (midazolam) is injected directly into a vein. If you are nervous about having dental treatment or you are having a procedure which may cause discomfort, IV sedation is an effective and safe treatment.

It is an ideal way of helping you to relax if you are nervous about dental treatment or you are having a procedure which may cause discomfort or distress.

While under IV sedation, you will feel deeply relaxed but you will still be able to understand and respond to requests from the dentist. You may be unaware of the operation and this form of treatment is ideal for patients who are anxious about the proposed treatment.

The treatment will be carried out at Ewood House Dental Surgery.

Your escort can come with you into the practice, but they may be asked to return to the waiting room while you have your treatment.

IV sedation is extremely safe when it is supervised by a specially trained dentist.

IV sedation has four main effects:

• It will reduce your anxiety and make you feel relaxed.

• It will make you feel sleepy.

• It may make you unaware of the procedure.

• It will result in partial – or total loss of memory of the procedure.

Take your routine medicines at the usual times.

• Have only light meals and non-alcoholic drinks on the day of your appointment.

• Remove any nail varnish.

• Wear flat shoes.

• Bring a responsible adult with you. This escort must be over the age of 18 and personally known to you. They must arrive and remain in the building with you. They must be able to escort you home and care for you for the rest of the day. Do not bring your children with you to your appointment.

An extremely thin plastic tube will be put into a vein either in one of your arms or in the back of one of your hands. Midazolam will then be injected which will quickly make you feel very sleepy and relaxed.

Throughout the procedure you will have a pulse-oximeter clipped to your finger to measure your pulse and oxygen levels. Your blood pressure will be checked before and after the procedure.

As well as IV sedation, you will be given a local anaesthetic. You may not be aware of being given the local anaesthetic because you will have it after the IV sedation has started. This involves an injection into the gum surrounding the area that you are having treated and it is similar to those your dentist may have given you for fillings. The injection will take a couple of minutes to numb the area and it ensures that you will feel no pain during your treatment.

The length of time you will be sedated varies depending on the treatment you are having.

You will need to stay in our recovery area until you are considered ready to leave the practice. Recovery usually takes about an hour.

Until the following day after you have had IV sedation:

• Do not travel alone – travel home with your escort, by car if possible.

• Do not drive or ride a bicycle or a motorcycle.

• Do not use machinery.

• Do not drink alcohol.

• Do not return to work or sign legal documents.

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Many patients experience dental anxiety, which can make them hesitant to visit the dentist. However, postponing dental care can result in more severe issues over time, making it essential to address any potential problems as soon as they arise. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also important for preventing or mitigating the risk of developing serious conditions or experiencing pain.

If you struggle with dental anxiety, we offer sedation options to make your treatment more comfortable and stress-free.