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Drs. Smith and Domingue
200 Beaullieu Drive Bldg. 2 Lafayette, LA 70508

Frequently Asked Questions: Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation Dentistry

Comfortable Dental Patient in Lafayette LAIV means intravenous. That means we administer the anti-anxiety medication we use for IV sedation by inserting a very fine needle into the back of your hand or arm to create the IV. The IV medication we administer is not a painkiller, it is a medication that treats anxiety and makes you completely relaxed.

How Sedation Dentistry Works

We will still need to numb you before we being work. Don’t worry if you don’t like getting numb or if you are afraid of needles, we can wait until your sedation medication begins to kick in before we numb your mouth. You won’t even know it’s happening. Before you realize it, you will be completely numb.

Once we know you can’t feel a thing and that you are completely relaxed, we can begin your procedures. We constantly monitor you while we administer sedation so that we know you stay comfortable and numb for your whole treatment time. Therefore, there is no need for you to worry about waking up or feeling anything during treatment. 

Sedation Dentistry in Lafayette

Once our dentists are finished with your procedures, we will stop the IV and allow you some time to recover from your sedation treatment. You will be groggy afterward, so it is best not to make any big decisions or do anything requiring coordination the rest of the day. Just give yourself the time you need to rest and recover.

Woman holding hands in front of mouth | dental anxiety lafayetteDrs. Smith and Domingue may recommend IV sedation in a couple of different situations. If you have a very complex procedure and they think you would be more comfortable for treatment, they may recommend IV sedation. Sometimes it is easier to accomplish certain types of procedures like implant placement, extractions, or complicated root canals if patients have IV sedation.

While we will always make sure you are completely numb for every procedure, IV sedation offers extra insurance that you are completely comfortable and relaxed.

Sedation for Dental Anxiety in Lafayette 

You may also consider IV sedation if you experience persistent dental anxiety and you need complex treatment or multiple procedures. When you utilize IV sedation, you will not have any awareness of your surroundings or have any memory of the treatment. In many ways, it is the perfect treatment for people who have dental anxiety. It gives you a worry-free option for treatment.

You may choose IV sedation if you need multiple procedures and want to get them done all at one time. Because you will have no sense of time while you have IV sedation, you may find that having all of your dentistry in one day is possible. 

To find out if IV sedation is right for you, contact our office for details.

Dental Anxiety Relief in LafayetteWhen we decided to offer IV sedation in our office, we looked at a number of factors including patient comfort, patient need, and the types of procedures we perform. Because we place dental implants, do root canals, and oral surgery procedures, IV sedation made sense in our office. To determine if IV sedation is right for you, we can offer you an exam with Drs. Smith or Domingue and they can make a determination if it is necessary and if you are healthy enough for IV sedation.

Why Use Sedation?

If you have a severe phobia of the dentist, a strong gag reflex, or a difficult time getting numb, IV sedation may be a great option for you. Most of our patients who have IV sedation are completely comfortable and have no memory of their procedure.

It is important to remember, however, that you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment because you will be unable to do so on your own. We also ask that you have company for the rest of the day because you may still be groggy and have some after effects from sedation, making it dangerous for you to be alone.

Sedation Dentistry in Lafayette

If IV sedation sounds like the right option for you, call our office to schedule an exam. We can provide options to make your dental visits the most comfortable possible.

woman smiling | dentist Lafayette LAAt Drs. Smith and Domingue’s office, we offer IV sedation to our patients for their comfort, peace of mind, and well-being. We know that at least 25% of the population in America has a dental phobia. Offering sedation dentistry allows our patients to seek out and receive treatment without the concerns that usually go with dental fears.

Having IV sedation means you will be completely unconscious. You will have absolutely no awareness of your procedures or the treatment we do. While you are under IV sedation, one of our team members will remain by your side the entire time, making sure you are both comfortable and safe.

Benefits of IV Sedation in Lafayette 

While IV sedation comes with certain inherent risks, for many of our patients, the benefits far outweigh the risks. In order to make sure you are a good candidate for IV sedation, we will perform an extensive medical history. That way, we know you are healthy enough for IV sedation.

You will experience grogginess following your treatment. Due to the nature f IV sedation, you need to have someone available to drive you home and stay with you the rest of the day. When you wake up the next day, you should feel completely normal again.

Sedation Dentistry in Lafayette | Man in Chair Are you afraid of the dentist and need something to help you relax for treatment? At Drs. Smith and Domingue’s office, we offer IV sedation to help our patients feel completely relaxed.

How Sedation Dentistry is Safe

Inherent risks exist for any type of medical procedure, dental procedure, or prescription drug. When it comes to IV sedation, complications are extremely rare. IV sedation dentistry is very safe when performed by trained and experienced practitioners such as Drs. Jerome Smith and Danny Domingue.

For our patients who are undergoing a complex procedure or are troubled by fear and anxiety, IV sedation dentistry provides the relaxation needed to get the dentistry you require for a healthy smile.

Fear often keeps patients from getting the dental care they need. Putting off necessary treatment puts patients at risk due to the potential consequences of periodontal disease, abscess, and other infections. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Dental Anxiety Relief in Lafayette

If IV sedation is something that means the difference between achieving and maintaining dental health, we believe that for most healthy patients the benefits outweigh the risks. We will examine your medical history carefully to make sure that you are a good candidate for IV sedation so that you are completely safe for your treatment. Be sure to share any medications you currently take so that we can rule out drug interactions. Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

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