Many patients fear going to the dentist, and they avoid dental care due to anxiety, which can have serious oral health and overall health consequences. As more and more dentists realize that patients are avoiding care due to fear and anxiety, new dental options, such as IV sedation dentistry and other types of sedation dentistry have become quite popular.
With sedation dentistry, medications are used to help patients stay relaxed throughout dental procedures. Sedation can also help to prevent pain and to reduce the ability to remember the procedure when it’s completed. However, many patients confuse IV sedation dentistry with general anesthesia, and the two have some big differences. Here’s a closer look at both options, some of the pros and cons they have to offer, and a look at when they are appropriate.