Intravenous (IV) Sedation Dentistry in Bangor at Creative Dental Solutions
What is IV Sedation Dentistry?
Many people are afraid or uncomfortable about going to the dentist. IV Sedation in Bangor Maine offers anxiety-free dentistry for patients who fear dental procedures, have difficulty with their gag reflex, have very sensitive teeth, or have difficulty getting numb. It also provides an opportunity to perform multiple or lengthy dental procedures in as little as a single session.
How do I know if IV Sedation is the right choice?
As with any first visit to Creative Dental Solutions, we will gather a complete health history, perform an oral examination, identify your needs, and explain any procedures that may be necessary. During this time, it is important to specify any and all supplements or medications that you may be taking. This allows us to identify any possible substances that may interact negatively with the sedation medications. Your well-being and safety is of utmost importance to us. Dr. Sevey may also want to consult your medical provider if he has any questions relating to your health status and/or medications. We have a consent form for you to complete that additionally explains the IV sedation visit. We will provide you with any necessary medications or instructions that will be required before your appointment date.
What about Oral Sedation Options?
Some sedation medications can be taken orally. While this method may be an option, it takes much longer to reach the desired effect, is generally not as effective, and is more difficult to achieve adequate sedation safely. IV sedation allows much more control of the sedation experience and, in the unlikely event of a medical emergency, the IV line allows for effective administration of emergency medications.
What happens during and after the procedure?
IV Sedation Dentistry generally requires that the patient take a prescribed medication by mouth the night before the dental procedure and then about one hour before the scheduled visit. The patient will arrive at Creative Dental Solutions’ Bangor office in a relaxed state. Sedation medications will then be administered through a needle in the forearm or the top of the hand. The needle is small, and often just a slight pinch is felt during insertion. During the procedure, the patient is not unconscious, but relaxed and detached from what is going on. The medications used generally have an amnesic effect, which means that the patient will have little or no memory of most of the dental visit.
During your treatment, Dr. Sevey will constantly monitor your vital signs with state of the art monitoring equipment. We will never leave your side. When the sedation medication is administered, you will feel relaxed right away. During the treatment, Dr. Sevey will be able to adjust the amount of medication quickly so that you are always comfortable and relaxed. Once the treatment has ended and the IV Sedation medication has stopped, the complete recovery time will differ from patient to patient. Some patients feel more alert right away, and for some, the sedation takes a bit longer to wear off.
How should I prepare for my IV Sedation treatment?
Dr. Sevey will ask you to not eat or drink for eight hours before your appointment. Equally as important, you must have somebody who can transport you to and from our office. For your safety, you should not drive or operate heavy equipment for 24 hours after your appointment has ended.
Dr. Sevey is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. He is certified in Advance Cardiac Life Support. He and his staff have been well trained in this safe and effective method of providing an anxiety free dental experience. Don’t let the fear of dentistry keep you from having a great looking smile! Take the time to come in and meet us so we can decide together what is best for you. If you would like a first appointment to simply talk about your dental anxieties and fears, we can do that and no dental exam would be done. Or if you prefer, we can take a look to get an idea of how we can help you.
Call today and ask for Sophie or Susan to get you started on your way to a new dental you! For more information about IV Sedation Dentistry with Dr. Sevey in Bangor, or to schedule a consultation to answer any questions you may have, contact us at Creative Dental Solutions today at 207-942-3000.
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