The Cure for Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety afflicts millions of Americans, and in many cases, it’s preventing them from getting the care they need.
One researcher estimates that “between 5 and 8 percent of Americans refuse to go to the dentist” because of their dental anxiety. In fact, one out of five Americans will only visit the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary.
With IV sedation dentistry, patients who’ve been neglecting their teeth for years can finally get the care they need. It’s safe, easy, and comfortable.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
In addition to easing anxiety, there are a number of circumstances where dental sedation makes it easier for patients to receive essential care:
- Patients who have difficulty sitting still during dental treatment
- Gag Reflex–sedation eliminates muscle contractions that interfere with treatment
- Sensitive Teeth/Low Pain Threshold
- When the patient requires a lengthy procedure
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Dr. Klym is an experienced implant dentist who’s been awarded Diplomate status by the International Congress of Oral Implantology, which is the highest level of achievement they recognize.
If you’re thinking about restoring your smile with natural-looking dental implants, Dr. Klym will be happy to meet with you. That way, he can go over all your treatment options, including IV sedation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How will I feel after dental sedation?
Following IV sedation, it typically takes 24 hours to metabolize the medication. During this time, you may experience drowsiness, dry mouth, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and you may have difficulty remembering the procedure.
In addition to following any recommendations from Dr. Klym, you’ll want to refrain from any activities that could physically harm you or another person. For your safety, you’ll need to have a ride home. Stay hydrated and rest as needed.
Is conscious sedation safer than general anesthesia?
- Conscious sedation is safer than general anesthesia because there are more risks associated with losing consciousness. General anesthesia is a highly sensitive technique that has a longer recovery period. That’s why general anesthesia is reserved for invasive surgeries that typically take place in hospitals.
Conscious sedation has its own risks such as:
- Changes in heart rate and blood pressure
- Respiratory depression
- Allergic reaction
While complications with dental sedation are rare, having a trusted dentist such as Dr. Klym administering the medication will ensure you receive the proper dosage and that the treatment will produce the best possible results.