Are you nervous at the mere thought of visiting a Kelowna dental clinic? Does dental anxiety keep you from getting the essential care your oral health deserves? If so, you're not alone. Many individuals experience anxiety regarding dental procedures, whether routine cleaning or a more extensive treatment like dental implants. Fortunately, Rutland Dental Centre has the solution: IV sedation.

In this blog post, we'll explore the main benefits of IV sedation in Kelowna and how it can make your dental experience not only anxiety-free but also more comfortable and efficient.


Deep Relaxation with IV Sedation

IV sedation is the highest form of conscious sedation, offering a profound sense of relaxation while still allowing you to respond to verbal commands. You won't be completely "out cold" but in a profoundly tranquil and semi-conscious state. Many patients who opt for IV sedation are so calm and relaxed that they even lightly nap during their appointments. We won't be offended if you do end up having a light nap! It's a sign of a job well done by our dentists. 


Rapid Effects for Immediate Comfort

Unlike other forms of sedation, such as oral sedation, IV sedation takes effect rapidly. There's no lengthy waiting period for it to kick in. When administered intravenously, the sedation reaches your brain almost instantly, ensuring you feel calm and stress-free without delay.


Highly Customizable to Your Needs

IV sedation is entirely customizable to meet your specific requirements. Since it's administered intravenously, your dentist has precise control over the amount of sedation you receive, ensuring that you remain comfortable and relaxed throughout your entire dental procedure.


Quick Recovery for Peace of Mind

Once your dentist stops administering IV sedation, its effects begin to wear off. While you'll need someone to drive you home due to lingering drowsiness, you'll recover and return to a normal state faster than if you had taken anti-anxiety medication.


No Need to Fear the Dentist Anymore

If the idea of going to the dentist fills you with fear and has caused you to cancel or miss appointments, it's time to explore the benefits of sedation dentistry. Rutland Dental Centre has certified professionals who provide intravenous sedation (IV sedation) to help patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety. IV sedation is beneficial for extensive procedures like dental implants or wisdom teeth extraction.


How IV Sedation Works

Intravenous (IV) conscious sedation is a highly effective technique for managing dental anxiety. Only select dentists are trained to provide IV sedation services at their practice. IV sedation allows for monitoring vital signs such as ECG, breathing, heart rate and blood pressure during your procedure. Most patients even experience some level of amnesia with sedation dentistry.


Who Could Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can benefit individuals who:

  • Experience mild to severe dental anxiety
  • Need extensive procedures completed in a single appointment
  • Feel anxious about the sights and sounds of a dental clinic
  • Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Struggle with a sensitive gag reflex


The Experience of IV Sedation

IV sedation can transform even the most anxious patient's dental experience. Many patients report that their appointment seems to fly by, with little to no recollection of most of the procedure. 

It involves injecting a mild anti-anxiety medication directly into your bloodstream, inducing rapid relaxation. You'll remain conscious and able to respond to commands but feel deeply relaxed. Patients often describe the feeling as drifting in and out of sleep. 

Throughout the procedure, the experienced team at Rutland Dental Centre will monitor and adjust your sedative level to ensure your safety and comfort.


IV Sedation at Rutland Dental Centre

IV sedation is an excellent option for patients with high anxiety, special needs, or those undergoing longer or more involved surgical procedures. During IV sedation, medication is delivered directly into a vein through a catheter, resulting in optimal control of sedation level to ensure a comfortable appointment. Patients may or may not be fully asleep with IV sedation, but you should not remember the procedure once the sedation has worn off. This level of sedation requires significant advanced training, and both Dr. Mike Stearns and Dr. Priya Stearns hold moderate (IV) conscious sedation certification in the province of BC.

After your appointment, plan to have a trusted person drive you home and keep an eye on you for a few hours, as you may feel drowsy. However, the sedation will have worn off by the following day, and you won't have a clear recollection of your dental visit.


Don't let dental anxiety prevent you from receiving the care you need. Rutland Dental Centre in Kelowna is here to help you experience comfortable and anxiety-free dentistry through IV sedation. Contact us today to learn more about how sedation dentistry can transform your dental visits. Say goodbye to dental fear and hello to a healthier, more confident smile!

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