Sedation Available For All Dental Procedures
Sedation is available to almost all patients who are fearful or anxious about dental visits. The sedative medication is usually administered through an intravenous (I.V.) line into a vein in the patients arm. This is a very quick, and safe method of achieving sedation in most patients and dental care can be delivered usually in a matter of minutes after administration of the drug. Most patients are not awake during the procedure and have no recollection of what was done. Patients who are sedated must have an escort who can remain at the office throughout the entire procedure and drive the patient home. Patients must not eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours prior to their dental visit.
If a patient is afraid of the I.V. route nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and/or oral sedation may be used. Both of these means, although not as effective as I.V. sedation, will achieve enough sedation to perform simple restorative procedures.
Sedation, especially I.V. sedation, is a wonderful option for patients who need dental care. Most insurance companies cover the procedure.