If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone. Anxiety and nervousness in relation to dental procedures is more common than you might think and the reasons are many. Dr Mahi and team provides Oral and IV sedation which can ease your mind and help you feel more relaxed during procedures. Oral and IV sedations are widely used in the dental and medical professions. It is a way of helping patients relax during procedures that causes anxiety. During both Oral and IV sedation procedures Dr Mahi and team uses one of the latest patient monitor, to continuously monitor your pulse, blood pressure, carbon dioxide exhaled and blood oxygen levels throughout the procedure and it is mandatory to use the appropriate patient monitor during the procedure. It is important to note that patients that are undergoing oral or IV sedation are required to have a travel companion to helpensure that they get home safely and to look after them for the rest of the day.
Oral sedation is given in tablet form at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment, you will have received a prescription prior to your appointment. The medication used creates a feeling of relaxation, and drowsiness and has an anti-anxiety effect. Local anaesthetic is used to ensure there is no pain. You are not put to sleep during oral sedation; however, many patients are relaxed to the point of falling asleep. You will be aware of the dentist working on you, however, and it is important to not be expecting to be totally asleep. We will talk to you and check that you are comfortable during the procedure. You will normally have very little or no memory of the procedure. To be fully asleep you need a general anaesthetic, in a hospital setting with an anaesthetist.
IV conscious sedation is the most powerful and effective sedation technique available to general dental practices. Dr Mahi will introduce intravenous drugs into the bloodstream usually through a vein in your arm to help you relax and adopt a carefree attitude, even when faced with situations that would normally be quite stressful. Because you are so deeply relaxed, you may end up falling asleep during the procedure. IV sedation provides anti-anxiety affect in anxious patients and allows the sedation dentist to administer local anaesthetic and proceed with a normal course of treatment without having the patient experience any emotional or physical distress. It is not uncommon for patients to have complete or partial memory loss for the period of time immediately after the intravenous drugs take effect, right until the end of the appointment.