IV Sedation and Why You Need It | Suwanee Dentist

Do you suffer from dental anxiety? Do you have a terrible gag reflex preventing you from visiting your dentist regularly? You aren’t alone. A lot of people deal with dental anxiety, sensitive gag reflex or just general fear of the dentist. But worry not, dental visits have changed quite a bit to address these anxieties. Offices will provide various forms of creature comforts to their patients in order to turn your checkup into more of a spa experience. For those that are a bit more skittish, there is sleep dentistry.

Sleep dentistry includes IV sedation, and IV sedation is used to help relax and put patients at ease during a dental procedure. The following list includes a couple benefits of IV sedation:

  • IV sedations kick as soon as it’s administered, and the drug dosage can be tailored to fit the patient’s specific requirements.
  • A safe maximum level of sedation can be reached with IV sedation, as where with oral or inhalation sedation the results can be unreliable. IV sedation is both highly reliable and highly effective.
  • With IV sedation your gag reflex is likely to lessen in sensitivity. If minimizing the gag reflex is the main objective, your dentist may try inhalation sedation first.
  • You are still conscious with IV sedation making it much safer that general anesthesia.
  • Your recovery time after IV sedation is usually shorter than if you did oral sedation, mostly due to the controlled drug dosage you are given.

Now that you can rest assured that your dental visit will go along swimmingly, maybe you can quit dodging the dentist and come in for a checkup on a regular basis. Your oral health is intricate to your overall health – keep up with your checkups.

If you would like to find out more about sedation dentistry, contact Dr. Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.com for additional information.

Dr. Clarence Kegler II proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.

Dental Visits Should Not Cause You Anxiety | Suwanee Dentist

When a dentist shows up in a movie or television program, many times they are seen as a devilish type character ready to cause you a whole lot of pain. And a long time ago, this seemed to mirror what an actual dental visit was like, striking fear into the hearts of many patients. Not only would it cause the patient to avoid the dentist altogether but developed into an actual dental fear.

Fortunately, many dental advancements have been made to alleviate the pain factor from the fear. Nowadays, all dental procedures can be virtually pain-free. Sedation dentistry involves medications taken before a procedure to produce a relaxed feeling. Recovery time is a little longer and you’ll need someone to drive you home after your dental treatment is completed. Sedation dentistry can benefit a wide range of patients, including people with:

  • High dental anxiety and fear
  • A severe gag reflex
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Extensive treatment needs
  • A desire to have dentistry done comfortably while they are fully relaxed

We understand that going to the dentist can be very difficult for some people. Dental phobia is actually a lot more common than you may think. Dental anxiety, or dental fear, is estimated to affect approximately 36% of the population, with a further 12% suffering from extreme dental fear. So, don’t feel like you’re alone in your thinking. We understand this is affecting our patients and we are trying to address your concerns in order to provide our patients with the best care possible. If you have anxiety or fears, let us know and we will adjust your treatment plans accordingly.

If you would like to find out more about sedation dentistry, contact Dr. Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.com for additional information.

Dr. Clarence Kegler II proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.