There’s an interesting dynamic that happens between patients and their dentist. Often, a patient does not want to go to the dentist. Maybe the patient is terrified, but he will go to the dentist anyway because he knows it is necessary for his health. Other patients will flat out refuse, but they are making a conscious decision to do so. In some cases, however, we see patients who want or need to go to the dentist, but cannot make the decision to go for themselves and do not understand what is going on when they get here. In these cases, IV sedation is a great way for a patient to get the help they need without feeling fear or anxiety in the office.
Patients with special needs are a spectacular group of people who often get overlooked when discussing dental care. It’s sometimes difficult to help them understand what is going on in the dental office, and they end up scared. Some special needs patients react violently as a result of this fear, making an unsafe situation for everyone in the room. Yet, the patient still needs dental work. This is one situation where IV sedation is a perfect fit.
Feeling Comfortable, Getting Work Done
A patient who is unable to understand what is going on, like a patient with dementia, autism, or another mental health condition, will feel completely uneasy during a dental procedure. The work needs to be done, but it needs to be done safely. With IV sedation, we are able to relax the patient completely before getting to work in the mouth. Often, these patients are overlooked because you are afraid of what the patient might do when a hygienist starts to clean their teeth, but sedation dentistry makes oral health a reality for special needs patients.
Having a healthy smile is the right of every person. If you are the caregiver for a special needs patient, please consider having a dental exam done under sedation. We can accomplish more work in less time, and your loved one will be completely comfortable the entire time. Contact us today to discuss your situation. We’d love to offer advice or help in any way that we can!