So, in our last article “I’m scared I need lots of dental work, what do I do? “ We were discussing that you were worried about visiting the dentist because you expected bad news. For the vast majority of our patients the ‘bad news’ is nothing like they expected. They need a little work, but there’s no call to immediately remove every tooth in your mouth.
The next hurdle to overcome is the fear of the dentist or the work that is being done. The majority of patients don’t hold a dental degree so they are unaware of what their treatment will include and due to this some fear the dentist, the sounds and smells, any movement or pressure on the mouth, teeth or jaws, the pain and for some just the room itself.
For this reason we provide sleep dentistry. That’s right… you can undergo treatment without the nerves, pain and worries… and you won’t remember a thing.*
Dental Sedation and IV Sedation at Carnegie Dental Group
Here at Carnegie Dental Group we can offer IV Sedation. This means that when you come in for your appointment we can administer local anaesthetic to work with the pain and an intravenous needle to provide you with conscious sedation for your treatment.
What does IV Sedation do?
IV Sedation means you are able to understand and respond to your dentist however you do not remember much (if anything) about your treatment. It is commonly referred to as Sleep Dentistry as when the sedation wears off you feel like you have just woken up. How? The sedation provides partial or full memory loss from when it first kicks in to when it wears off; you were able to assist the dentist and undergo treatment but you don’t remember it.
What can IV Sedation be used for?
IV Sedation isn’t just for nervous or fearful patients. It can also be used for patients undergoing dental crowns, dental implants and a range of other treatments.
Depending on your pain threshold and the level of surgery required your dentist will assess your situation and offer a sedation technique that works best for you.
Other options to help with dental nerves
Some patients are concerned about their dental visit but do not want to undergo sleep dentistry, or may not be suitable. When this occurs we also welcome patients to bring in an iPod or iPhone and their headphones to listen to their favourite music. This and other distraction techniques can be enough to assist those with a basic fear or un-comfortability when at the dentist.