At Perfect Smile, we understand that seeing the dentist can be a terrifying experience for some people.
We know that your fears shouldn’t get in the way of maintaining great dental health and achieving your perfect smile, so we take every opportunity to help you conquer those fears. At our clinics, we strive to offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to put you at ease. For times when that’s not enough, we also offer both oral and IV sedation to make your visit as calming as possible.
There are many reasons that you might need sedation during your visit, including a fear of needles, to overcome a bad dental experience, a severe gag reflex, extreme sensitivity to pain and a general fear of dentists. Sedation is a safe and common way to make you feel relaxed and dreamlike at the dentist, while still retaining complete control.
Over time, sedation is a great way to help you conquer your fears entirely.
We offer two types of sedation – IV and oral. With both types, you will need to be accompanied by a friend or family member when you leave the surgery and should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after the sedation.
How Does Dental IV Sedation Work?
About Dental IV Sedation
Depending on the choice of dental sedation and your health, the effect of the relaxation process may vary. You may prefer oral sedation by taking a prescribed sedative one hour before their appointment. The medication slowly enters the bloodstream and you feel a calmness whilst the procedure is being performed. With intravenous sedation, a very soft and small needle or IV, that will not cause pain, is placed in a vein, usually in the arm by one of our sensitive and trained dentists. Your blood pressure and heart rate is monitored for adequate dosage and the amount can be altered as you remains conscious but feel much more relaxed. You still maintain control with both of these forms of sedation. With each option, you will need a chaperone to leave the surgery and should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after the sedation.
- IV sedation is given through a very soft and small needle or IV.
- The needle is so small it will not cause any pain.
- It is placed in a vein, usually in the arm, by one of our sensitive and trained dentists.
- During IV sedation, your blood pressure and heart rate are monitored for adequate dosage and the amount can be altered as you remain conscious but feel much more relaxed.
- For those that have a fear of needles, you may prefer oral sedation.
- With this sedation, you take a prescribed sedative one hour before your appointment. The medication slowly enters the bloodstream and allows you to feel a calmness while the procedure is being performed.