Do you have a dental phobia?
You are not alone!!
More than 30% of Americans avoid regular dental care due to
bad past exeriences with their Dentists.
Common complaints : "I cannot get numb enough", "I hate the sound of the drill",
"I don't like the sights or smells I experience at the Dentist" or just simply
"I hate going to the Dentist, I don't want to remember what happens".
We are proud to announce that we are one of the only local general dentists in the
Grand Rapids area to offer in house IV and Oral Sedation.
IV sedation is where we put medication intraveniously through your veins using an IV (Like when you have blood taken at the doctor.) The IV has an almost immediate effect and it is more predictable because we do not have to wait for sedation pills to work. We offer this service to adults ages 18+ and you must have an adult that can drive. Most commonly, some people prefer oral sedation rather than an IV (usually in the form of anti-anxiety or "happy pills") is prescribed for relieving anxiety in the hours immediately before a dental appointment and during the procedure in small doses. An anti-anxiety prescription taken the night before the appointment and an hour before going to bed, can help with falling asleep and getting some rest.
A lot of dental offices use terms such as "sleep dentistry" or "twilight sleep" when talking about IV sedation. This is confusing, because it suggests that IV sedation involves being put to sleep. In reality, you remain conscious during IV sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.
However, you may not remember much about what went on because of two factors: firstly, in most people, IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what's going on. Secondly, the drugs used for IV sedation can produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were "asleep" during the procedure.