INTRAVENOUS CONSCIOUS SEDATION
Intravenous conscious sedation allows patients to undergo dental procedures, even if they are extensive or complex, in a pleasant, stress-free manner without suffering side effects or taking on the risks of a procedure involving a full anaesthetic.
At our dental clinic in Valencia we have been offering this technique to patients for many years, for which reason we have the experience necessary to explain its recommendations and benefits.
What does conscious sedation involve?
Conscious sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness while the patient’s reflexes remain intact, with all the benefits this involves.
In other words, the patient is capable of responding to verbal stimuli (which is very useful if his or her collaboration is required during treatment), it eliminates the feeling of unease, and it causes a mild amnesia that means the patient will not remember the exact details of the procedure.
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Two main benefits of this treatment
The two main effects of conscious sedation become its two key benefits: on the one hand, the feeling of unease and tension is removed, turning the dental procedure into a calm, pleasant experience; on the other hand, amnesia prevents the patient from remember the procedure in detail, meaning less tension and apprehension will be generated in the future. This is all achieved while the patient is capable of interacting with the specialist during the process.
Furthermore, it contributes to analgesia as it enhances local anaesthetics and, at the same time, minimises patient behaviours – movements and resistance – that hinder treatment. All while offering minimal side effects.
These effects have resulted in intravenous conscious sedation being recommended in several dentistry scenarios and its use is on the rise. It is often recommended to facilitate the development of long and/or complicated procedures, aiding both the patient and professional.
Conscious sedation is increasingly popular during implant insertion given that its application, alongside local anaesthetic, guarantees the patient’s well-being and removes the anxiety generated due to undergoing a procedure that is relatively unknown to the patient.
Intravenous conscious sedation applied to dental implants
Among the advantages of conscious sedation applied to the world of implantology, it is worth noting the comfort of placing all implants in a single session without pain, making treatment a swift, pleasant experience.
In cases of comprehensive oral rehabilitation involving multiple implants, which is a process famed for its substantial length, dental implant insertion using conscious sedation is particularly useful and advantageous.
Conscious sedation is also useful in helping combat a patient’s fear of going to the dentist.
Dentophobia, or fear of going to the dentist, is a relatively widespread phenomenon that involves feeling an irrational, continued fear of going to the dentist. Thanks to the conscious sedation method, this unjustified fear can be tackled.
The danger of suffering this phobia is that it may result in oral problems being aggravated due to the patient refusing to attend a check-up with a professional who can treat them. It is important to offer alternatives that allow people to overcome this issue.
Similarly, intravenous conscious sedation is extremely useful in non-collaborative patients, such as children or patients with psychological disorders. Sedation allows multiple dental procedures to be performed on these patients in a single session with suitable precision and no risk to the patient.
Conscious sedation is always performed by an anaesthetist. At our dental clinic in Valencia, we collaborate with Dr Maite Bovaira, an anaesthetist with considerable experience in intravenous conscious sedation applied to dentistry.
Before submitting to conscious sedation, the patient must be assessed by our anaesthetist who will request the pertinent analyses to ensure the patient will not be placed at risk. In addition, the patient must understand some mandatory requirements, such as attending on an empty stomach and respecting liquid and large meal consumption periods once the procedure has been completed.
In summary, conscious sedation has been proven to offer great benefits to dentistry specialists, especially in the world of oral surgery and implantology, with its implementation in the best dental clinics in Valencia already highly prevalent.