Dr. Salami offers two types of sedation dentistry: oral sedation and IV sedation. Both help alleviate dental anxiety and relax nervous patients so they’re more comfortable in the dental chair. Depending on the severity of the patient’s fear and the complexity of their procedure, one may be more suitable than the other. If you are in need of sedation dentistry, Dr. Salami offers:
Oral sedation, also known as pill sedation or oral conscious sedation, involves a pill taken an hour or so prior to your dental appointment. In some cases, a dose may be taken the night before as well. The oral sedative is from a class of drugs known as Benzodiazepines, which work by decreasing activity in the parts of the brain that control fear and anxiety. When sedated in this way, you’ll remain conscious but in a heightened state of relaxation. You’ll be able to breathe on your own and respond to verbal cues given by Dr. Salami while she performs your dental procedure. One of the perks of oral sedation is that most patients have no memory of the dental work performed. They “wake up” surprised that it’s already over.
Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation, involves administration of the anti-anxiety medication directly into the bloodstream by way of an intravenous catheter. IV sedation brings the patient to a semi-conscious state, eliminating anxiety and pain while still remaining conscious enough to respond to and communicate with the dentist. Generally stronger than oral sedation, IV sedation is a good option for patients with severe dental phobia or extreme dental anxiety, as well as patients undergoing longer and more complex procedures. The amount of medication administered can be adjusted during the procedure according to the needs of the patient. The patient’s vital statistics are carefully monitored for the duration.
Whether you opt for oral sedation or IV sedation, you will need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.