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Sedation/Sleep Dentistry

Are you terrified of the Chicago implant dentist? Does the thought of a dental treatment of any kind get your heart pounding, palms sweaty and head giddy? Or is it the prospect of someone sticking a needle into your gum that makes you want to run for the hills?

Well, you’re not alone! The majority of the patients we see here at No Dentures Chicago Dental Implant Center suffer from some form of stress, anxiety or fear associated with dental treatment. In many cases, this fear is the result of previous bad experiences with other Chicago implant dentists that just don’t maintain the same high standards of compassion, patience and gentleness as we do.

Experienced Chicago implant dentist, Dr. Irfan Atcha has treated patients presenting with all sorts of physical, emotional and psychological obstacles, whether it’s a severe phobia of needles or an uncontrollable gag reflex. His secret? A balanced combination of excellent bedside manner and IV (intravenous) sedation!

Ask the Chicago Implant Dentist: “What is IV Sedation?”

Intravenous or “IV” sedation involves the administration of anti-anxiety medication (generally of the benzodiazepine family) directly into the bloodstream immediately prior to and during a dental procedure. This medication affects the central nervous system, which has a sedative effect on the patient, causing them to relax completely.

At No Dentures Chicago Dental Implant Center IV sedation is available for patients undergoing complex procedures or for those who suffer from severe phobia or gag-reflex. We can even offer IV sedation for simpler procedures upon request and a review of your case by our Chicago implant dentists.

Ask the Chicago Implant Dentist: “Doesn’t IV Sedation Involve Needles?”

“First and foremost, you don’t need to worry about any pain at all,” says Chicago dental implant specialist, Dr. Irfan Atcha. “The whole point of IV sedation is to make a patient completely comfortable and pain and anxiety-free during their dental treatment or procedure.”

What about needles? Doesn’t IV sedation require the use of a needle? “Yes, it does, but before we begin the IV administration of medication, our Chicago implant dentists will rub a topical anesthetic cream on your arm so you don’t feel the insertion of the needle.”

At No Dentures Chicago Dental Implant Center, our priority is as much your physical and psychological comfort as it is your oral health! With the right application of sophisticated technology and patient care, there is no reason why these two should be mutually exclusive.

Ask the Chicago Implant Dentist: “What Does IV Sedation Feel Like?”

Our Chicago implant dentists find the detailed effects of the sedation experience to vary from patient to patient, but the general description is a feeling of complete detachment from reality and sense of deep relaxation. “I’ve had patients describe sedation as causing a floating, fuzzy sensation. Like your world is made of soft cotton wool. All fear triggers are removed and you feel completely at ease,” says Chicago dental implant specialist, Dr. Irfan Atcha.

IV Sedation doesn’t put patients to sleep like general anesthesia does, even though it’s referred to as ‘sleep dentistry’. Rather, patients will be in a twilight and do fall asleep and can respond to the Chicago implant dentist’s questions coherently if needed to be awakened. They just don’t remember much from their procedure and they can feel a little woozy for an hour or two afterwards.

Ask the Chicago Implant Dentist: “Is IV Sedation Safe?”

If performed by a qualified and experienced Chicago implant dentist, this form of sedation is extremely safe. Chicago dental implant specialist, Dr. Atcha, is just such a professional with training in sedation, anesthesia, emergency medicine, advanced IV sedation and airway management with general anesthesia. He is also a member of the Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation and American Society of Dental Anesthesiology so patients can rest assured that they are in the very best and most capable hands!

As the Chicago Implant Dentist: “Is There Anything I Need to Know About IV Sedation Before my Procedure?”

The medications used for sedation by our Chicago implant dentists are easily metabolized by the body, so patients typically won’t experience any post-procedural “hang-over” symptoms. However, you should arrange to be picked up from the No Dentures Chicago Dental Implant Center after treatment, because you will not be in a safe state to drive. Please also note that IV sedation is not recommended for the following cases. If any of these apply to you, it’s important that you communicate this with your Chicago implant dentist:

  • Pregnancy
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • A known allergy to benzodiazepines
  • Certain instances of glaucoma
  • Central Nervous System depression
  • Impaired kidney, liver or lung function
  • Sleep apnea (often associated with obesity and snoring)
  • Psychosis

 

Ask the Chicago Implant Dentist: “What are the Advantages of IV Sedation?”

  • IV sedation is reliably effective.
  • The effects are very predictable and have an almost immediate onset.
  • The dosage can be calculated precisely to meet the needs of the individual patient.
  • The level of sedation achieved intravenously is much higher than with oral sedation or nitrous oxide, which is probably why it’s known as ‘sleep dentistry’.
  • IV sedation causes partial amnesia, so patients won’t remember anything from their procedure.
  • It almost entirely eliminates the gag reflex, which is a huge problem for many of the patients we see here at the No Dentures Chicago Dental Implant Center.
  • Patients that were dental phobes are dental missionaries.

 

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If you would like to know more about Intravenous (IV) sedation and what it can do for you, don’t hesitate to contact us here at No Dentures Chicago Dental Implant Center.

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