IV Sedation Dentistry in East Vancouver

At Alta Dental Studio, we see nervous patients on a daily basis, but thanks to sedation dentistry, we can help even the most anxious patients relax during their appointments. Our team devotes a significant amount of time and effort to learning about the most efficient ways to calm patients so that they can receive their necessary care without experiencing undue stress. If just thinking about coming to the dentist makes you nervous, be sure to give us a call and ask how sedation could be used at your next appointment.

What Exactly is Sedation Dentistry?

Dental anxiety is a major problem that results in a substantial number of people avoiding their much-needed dental care each year. This frequently permits minor issues to escalate into painful emergencies and long-term complications, causing even more fear of visiting the dentist’s office. A dental infection can sometimes get so severe that it affects a person’s general health! Sedation dentistry empower our team to help patients overcome this initial fear and feel relaxed in the chair so they can receive the treatment they require for optimal dental health and a beautiful smile. Whether someone is afraid of routine checkups and cleanings or is in need of more involved care, sedation can be used to make absolutely anyone feel comfortable.

Who could benefit from sedation dentistry?

  • Experience mild to moderate dental anxiety
  • Want to have extensive procedures completed in on appointment to save time
  • Feel anxious being around the sounds and sights of a dental clinic
  • Have had a traumatic experience with dental treatment in the past
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex

What it’s like to have IV sedation?

IV sedation can help even the most fearful patient feel calm and safe in our office. Many patients report that their appointment time went by very quickly, and they do not remember most of the appointment at all. Intravenous sedation involves injecting a mild anti-anxiety medication directly into the patient’s bloodstream to help them become relaxed very rapidly. During your appointment, you remain conscious and can respond to verbal commands but feel deeply relaxed. Patients who had IV sedation before commonly describe feeling as if they are drifting in and out of sleep. While you are under sedation, our extensively trained team will carefully monitor and adjust your sedative level to ensure you remain comfortable and safe every moment. After the appointment, you should plan to have a trustworthy person transport you home from the office and keep an eye on you for a few hours. You may feel drowsy for the rest of the day, but by the next morning, the sedation should have worn off and you won’t have recollection of your appointment.