Way out for patients with dental phobias to prevent getting only the basic care
Patients who have a deep fear of the dentist can now get treated for dental problems without the fear or worry of pain. A dental phobia no longer has to keep you away from the dentist. You can now get advanced dental techniques on your mouth and teeth through twilight IV sedation.
The ResearchRecent research has revealed that people who have dental phobias for any reason are less likely to receive the dental care that they need. Because of this fear, you tend to skip the dentist as long as possible, and only go when you no longer have an alternative.
Now there is a new way for those who are scared of dentist but need treatment. A new painless dentistry provides the solution you need so that you can get treatment beyond the basics and get your teeth in really good condition.
About Twilight IV SedationThe advantage of twilight IV sedation, also called conscious sedation, is that you will be completely relaxed and not even worried about pain. It is the most advanced combination of pain relievers and sedation medications. You will be awake but in a dream-like state. You will also know what is happening around you, and you will even be able to respond to the dentist. You will also be breathing on your own.
During the dental treatment, you are apt to be so relaxed that you may fall in and out of sleep. People with some medical conditions may not fall asleep, but they will be relaxed and comfortable.
The Big AdvantageIn addition to relaxing you and making you feel very comfortable, sedation dentistry has another great advantage. Even though you were awake during the procedure, you will not likely remember any of it. All of the sights and sounds and even the tools the dentist used will not be remembered or thought of again.
The twilight IV sedation medications will also enable the dentist to work on you longer without any discomfort, fear, or pain. This will ensure that the necessary treatments are completed. Even those who have problems with the gag reflex will also be so relaxed that it will not be a problem. Another advantage is that you will not be aware of the passage of time.
SupervisionDuring the time that you are sedated, you will be under the watch care of an anesthesiologist or a medical doctor. This ensures your safety and it provides you with professional care and regulation of the medication.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
During twilight IV sedation, a needle is inserted into a vein in your arm. The medications are slowly dripped into your arm, which induces the twilight state. The medication can be adjusted as needed at any time during the procedure. Various drugs might be used as the sedative, which includes: Fentanyl, Valium, Demerol, and Versed. There are four levels of sedation and twilight sedation is level two – with level four being the strongest.
The twilight medication is usually not used alone. In addition to the medication to make you relax, you will also be given a local anesthesia – after you are relaxed and very unlikely to care or feel any pain or fear.
Candidates for Sedation DentistryTwilight dentistry is the ideal way to get the treatment you need. It is designed for people who have:
A lot of fear of the dentist
Had traumatic experiences with dentists previously
Difficulty with anesthesia making them numb
A strong gag reflex
A limited time to complete dental care.
Patients with disabilities can also be treated with this advanced dentistry method. Even for people who have a hard time sitting still, or who have a difficult time keeping their mouth open for long periods, this method is ideal for them. People who have problems with TMJ should use either ice packs or heat to relax the muscles in their jaw the night before treatment.
Recovery TimeBecause the twilight state is a state in which you are awake, the recovery time is not as long. This enables you to leave the office after about 45 minutes to an hour. Most people do not have the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, which some people have when coming out of general anesthesia – but some may have them. You will not, however, be allowed to drive home.
You are not allowed to eat anything at all in the six hours prior to the dental surgery. Drinking any liquid is also not allowed in the two hours prior.
If you have dental anxiety and need to find a dentist in the Carrollton, TX, and Grapevine, TX areas, you can contact Dr. Kumar Vadivel DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board-certified periodontist. He offers IV sedation dentistry, also called twilight dentistry, and provides many dental services. In order to make an appointment, or to get more information, call today at (817) 756-8578.