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What is Sedation Dentistry?

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There is also the risk of other negative side effects or allergic reaction.

Before proceeding with any dental treatment you should ensure that you have discussed all possible medical conditions, and other concerns with your dentist, and that he/she has explained, and you understand, all the possible complications and implications of your treatment plan. Each treatment plan will be determined by your dentist or dental specialist.

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I think IV sedation has its place in dentistry but for patients who truly have a dental phobia they never learn the techniques to have routine treatment without it. Dental phobia can be overcome not many patients are aware of that because the dentists administering the IV sedation are not trained in helping them overcome dental phobia.

January 20, 2013 - 5:16pm
EmpowHER Guest

I always opt for oral sedation as it feels more comfortable than sleeping in the dentist's chair. Although unlikely, the dentist might omit asking if one is allergic or not to some painkillers. Read the Valium proprieties and side effects before going to the dentist. You don't want to risk being poisoned while your teeth still hurt.

June 22, 2009 - 10:37am
EmpowHER Guest

i am 26 weeks pregnant and cant find an endodontist that will provide iv sedation, numbing shots and pain pills do not work at all and never have. do you know anyone in the houston area that will do it, Carsander84@yahoo.com, i need a root canal asap, i have a nerve exposed in number 14

April 23, 2009 - 9:41pm
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Many dental specialists are reluctant to use any kind of IV sedation during pregnancy. It is really used as a very last resort. There needs to be communication between your dental specialist and your OB/GYN and family physician to effectively examine the risks associated with your particular case.

My advice would be to talk to your OB/GYN or family physician about this and have them coordinate with your dentist and endodontist. There may be an interim treatment that they can do for you that would get you through to the end of your pregnancy and then you can look at having the procedure done. Extraction may also be a possibility, but again you need to coordinate all this potential treatment with your OB/GYN, family physician, general dentist and dental specialist.

April 27, 2009 - 6:15am
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