Our dentist’s office in Lexington Kentucky offers our patients the option of Intravenous Sedation. This is one of the things that sets Beaumont Dental Associates apart from many other dental practices.
Intravenous Sedation helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Your treatment can be completed for you under intravenous sedation, if you so desire. Intravenous sedation is designed to better enable you undergo your dental procedures while you are very relaxed. It helps our patients tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be very uncomfortable or frightening for you. IV sedation is a proven and effective way to alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep but you will be more comfortable, calmer and more relaxed.
The option of intravenous sedation may eliminate the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility.
How is the IV Sedation Administered?
A thin needle with a teflon sheath over it will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The sheath called a catheter is left in the vein after the needle is withdrawn and will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. Some patients may be asleep while others will slip in and out of sleep. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.
The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. Patients vital signs are monitored throughout the procedure and as a result IV sedation has proven to be is very safe!
Along with IV sedation there are also different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia and oral sedation or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation tailored to your need or desire. Once again, all modalities are administered and monitored in the safety and comfort of our office environment.
Sedation can be a useful option for the elderly, the disabled, or simply – the fearful!
Sedation Dentistry for the Elderly
As we age, our oral health becomes more important than ever. Periodontal disease and dental decay can lead to bone and tooth loss, which affects nearly every part of our daily lives. To lead full and active lives, we need healthy teeth and gums. They allow us enjoy food, support speech and good conversation, and facilitate digestion. Our board-certified dentists and periodontists at Beaumont Dental Associates are dedicated to treating elderly patients to improve their oral health and to make eating comfortable and enjoyable.
For elderly patients embarrassed or fearful of their current oral state, sedation helps provide the opportunity for us to treat these conditions while the patient remains more relaxed and calm increasing the safety for the Elderly patient.
Sedation Dentistry for the Disabled
It may be especially difficult for people with disabilities to obtain access to proper dental care. They require a dentist who is skilled and compassionate. We can provide the expertise, state-of-the-art-equipment, and dedication necessary for most disabled patients.
Disabled patients may face added challenges in maintaining their oral health. There may be difficulties brushing or flossing regularly; they may also suffer a severe gag reflux, or dry mouth as a result of medication. Our experienced dental staff composed of the best dentists and periodontists in Lexington may be able to meet these challenges with sedation for the disabled patient.
Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful
Fear of dentistry or Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.
If you suffer from dental fear or are a dental phobic we likely “have the solution”! We at Beaumont Dental Associates are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Not only will our staff treat you with delicacy and care, but IV sedation will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. While engaging in a pleasant sleep-like experience, our dentists and periodontists will be hard at work making sure you get the results you desire.