It is normal to have a little bit of anxiety when visiting a dentist. Although the actual process of visiting a dental professional is not as scary as it is made out to be in television or the movies, dental anxiety is very real. That is one reason why Dr. Cherry and the team at Dr. John M. Cherry, DMD offer IV sedation dentistry and other sedation options. But you may wonder as a patient, is IV sedation dentistry safe?
Methods Are Widely Used, Safe, and Effective
Sedation dentistry has been widely used for a long time. Nitrous oxide has been in use since the mid-1800s, and IV sedation in a dental setting has been used since 1945. The use of IV sedation by a qualified sedation dentist is not only safe but effective, making the dental procedure more comfortable to get through for the patient and easier to perform for the dentist.
IV sedation is typically reserved for more complex dental procedures or for patients who suffer from severe anxiety or sensitive gag reflexes. Dr. Cherry will work with you to determine what level of sedation is best for your needs and circumstances.
Sedation Dentists Must Complete Extra Education
IV sedation should only be administered by a professional with the right training and education. A sedation dentist must complete years of additional education to learn how to properly sedate a patient. If you are curious if your dental professional has received the training for administering IV sedation, then just ask. Your comfort is our goal!
Your Dentist Will Discuss Your Needs
You should also know that you have options when it comes to sedation dentistry. IV sedation may not be the right choice for everyone. Each patient is unique, which means your sedation options should also be unique. If you think you would benefit from sedation dentistry, consult with Dr. Cherry to decide which method may be right for your visit or treatment.
Arrange a Visit Today
For more information on sedation dentistry, contact our office today by calling or clicking the attached link to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cherry. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Dr. John M. Cherry, DMD are here to answer any questions you might have about all things dental related. We are currently located in the Brandon, Florida area to better assist you with your oral healthcare.