Dental fears don't have to stop you from getting the dental care you need. Intravenous (IV) sedation offered by your Tracy, and Stockton, CA, dentists at Millennium Dental, can make your visit much more relaxing and pleasant.
When IV sedation is a good idea
If visiting the dentist makes you a little nervous, you're not alone. Sixty-one percent of people reported feeling some degree of dental anxiety in a DentaVox survey. Thirty-nine percent were worried about pain, 24 percent were bothered by the smell of chemicals, while 21 percent were afraid of the sound of the dental drill.
Fortunately, IV sedation can help you forget about your fears. Sedation may be a good choice for you if:
- You feel extremely anxious or nervous at dental visits.
- You find yourself canceling visits to the Tracy, or Stockton, CA dental office due to anxiety, even if you really need treatment.
- You can only tolerate very short visits and have to break up treatments into several appointments.
- You need a long or complicated dental treatment.
- You gag easily during exams or treatments.
How IV sedation works
Your dentist inserts an intravenous line into your hand or arm before your exam or treatment begins. A sedative flows through the line into your bloodstream, making you feel calm and relaxed. Pain medication can also be added to the IV line.
Although you can hear and see everything going on around you, you won't feel fearful or anxious. You may feel a little sleepy during your visit, but you'll remain awake and can respond to the dentist's questions and instructions. After your visit is over, you probably won't remember anything about it.
As soon as the IV line is removed, you'll feel much more alert. Because the effects of the sedative can linger for a few hours, you'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you home.
Does IV sedation sound like a good option for you? If you're ready to schedule an appointment with your dentists in Tracy, and Stockton, CA, at Millennium Dental, call (209) 952-3951 for the Stockton office or (209) 835-6487 for the Tracy office.