IV SEDATION FOR DENTAL CARE OF NERVOUS PATIENTS

 

 

At Colm Smith Dental & Specialist Centre, we take pleasure in meeting the needs of each and every one of our patients. Sedation is an option to help patients receive treatment without stress because dental anxiety is a typical worry.

 

WHAT IS IV SUCCESSION?

 

The goal of IV sedation is to produce a state of relaxation and anxiety alleviation that allows us to safely complete our therapy while keeping you comfortable. Conscious sedation is the kind of sedation we’re going for. If we need to, we can get in touch with you.

 

For the duration of the drug’s action until it wears off, sedatives might result in partial or complete memory loss. You’ll feel that the time goes by quickly, and you might not remember much of your dental care. Even though you weren’t actually “asleep” during the treatment, you can actually feel that way. A calming medication is injected intravenously (IV) into a blood vessel, typically in your arm or hand.

 

Who Needs It?

 

Your dentist will determine whether IV sedation is appropriate for you as part of your evaluation. For some of the more involved treatments we offer, we frequently suggest anesthesia to put you to sleep. Some of these operations include oral surgery, difficult extractions, implants, and wisdom tooth removal.

Additionally, if you are afraid of getting dental work done, your dentist will look into the causes of your fear, explain any necessary treatments, and let you know whether they believe you would benefit from IV sedation.
It’s crucial that you disclose to your dentist your whole medical history as well as any pills, medications, or INJECTIONS you’ve used in the previous 12 months.

 

What Are The Risks?

 

IV sedation is quite secure. Prior to sedation, we carefully evaluate every patient to make sure they are healthy enough for IV sedation. You might experience some bruising where we inject the sedative; however, this goes away after about a week.

 

 

How can I stay calm at the dentist?

 

 

You are not alone if you suffer from a fear of the dentist, it is very common! All of our dentists have a great deal of empathy for the worries and trepidations that many patients have. Any worries or apprehensions you may have should be communicated to your dentist. You and I can then talk about these and how we can get past them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the causes of bad breath?

  • Morning bad breath due to the mouth drying up overnight. Bacteria quickly break down the bits of food left in the mouth resulting in an unpleasant stale smell
  • Strongly flavoured food such as garlic, onions and spices. Strong smelling drinks such as alcohol and coffee can cause bad breath
  • Medicines such as nitrates, chemotherapy drugs and tranquilisers
  • Smoking
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, sinusitis, bronchitis and gastritis

How do you diagnose bad breath?

The best way to find out if you have bad breath is to ask a close friend or family member for their honest opinion. Booking an appointment with Smile Hub in Sutton is advisable so that your dentist can confirm if you have bad breath and what is the likely reason for this.

If your bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene your dentist can advise you on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Regular dental examinations can help detect the early signs of tooth and gum disease which prevents bad breath developing. If your bad breath is food related you could keep a diary of the food you’re eating and any medications that you’re taking. In rare occasions following a visit to your dentist in Smile Hub you may be recommended to attend your GP to identify a medical cause of your bad breath. Please do not try to hide your bad breath before attending your dental check-up in Smile Hub as it may help your dentist to diagnose the problem.

How do I treat my bad breath?

  • Brush your teeth and gums regularly
  • Floss between your teeth
  • Keep your tongue clean

Keep your teeth and mouth healthy:

  • Choose a small-medium sized toothbrush with soft, multi-tufted synthetic bristles.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months.
  • Brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes each time.
  • Brush all areas of your teeth, and particularly where the teeth meet the gums.
  • Your dentist or hygienist may recommend a special single-tufted brush for specific problem areas of your mouth.
  • Use a separate toothbrush, or tongue scraper, to lightly brush your tongue (some toothbrushes have a ‘tongue cleaner’ on the reverse of the brush head).
  • Use dental floss to clean between your teeth and remove any trapped food that could cause tooth decay.
  • Your dentist may suggest daily rinsing with an anti-bacterial or anti-odour mouthwash (this should not replace brushing, but can be included in your daily routine).
  • Avoid brushing your teeth for 30 minutes after drinking an acidic drink, such as fruit juice, or eating acidic fruit, such as oranges, to help prevent tooth erosion.

How can my dentist help?

Your dentist can recommend the best way to clean your teeth and gums and show you any areas you might be missing. Regular 6 monthly check-ups with your dentist will make sure any plaque is removed from your teeth, especially in hard-to-reach areas. It will also ensure any signs of gum disease are treated early.

What if my dentures are causing bad breath?

Make sure to take dentures out at night to give your mouth a chance to rest and to clean your dentures twice daily.

Do not clean your dentures with toothpaste as this can scratch the surface of your dentures and cause stains to build up.

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