"Your Fears Assuaged by the
Sun City Dentist: FAQs on IV
Sedation, PART 1"
This article, part 1 of 2, addresses some of the fears and concerns patients have about
intravenous (IV) sedation, an anti-anxiety drug administered into the bloodstream during
a dental procedure.
If you thought you were alone in your irrational and even unmanageable fear of the Sun City
dentist, think again! A fear of the dentist, the dentist’s chair and/or dental treatment is one of
the most common phobias there are. It even has a name, ‘odontophobia.’ Thankfully, the
accepted approach to treating patients that struggle with sweaty
palms, an elevated heart rate, the tremors and even low blood
pressure – physical symptoms associated with extreme anxiety and
fear - has changed over the years. “In addition to anti-anxiety
medications and pain-killers,” says experienced Sun City dentist, Dr.
Kevin Gasser, “modern dental practices make it a priority to take
patient psychology into account. They approach treatment with a
very gentle hand.”
The availability of IV sedation in Sun City dentistry has also helped an
incredible number of people receive the treatment they need to keep
their oral health and hygiene on track without having to deal with all
the terrible side effects of extreme anxiety and fear. So, if you
traditionally struggle with odontophobia and want to find out more about IV sedation, read
on! In this two part article series, the Sun City dentist endeavors to answer your Frequently
FAQ # 1: What exactly is IV Sedation?
Answer: In the context of Sun City dentistry, IV sedation, or Intravenous Conscious Sedation,
refers to the administering of an anti-anxiety drug directly into the bloodstream just before a
dental procedure. “These medications,” explains Dr. Gasser, “are designed to affect the Central
Nervous System safely, predictably and without negative side effects.”
FAQ # 2: What does IV sedation feel like?
Answer: Floating, drifting, happy, in a bathtub filled
with warm and fuzzy cotton wool… every patient’s
account of IV sedation differs slightly. And while it is
sometimes referred to as “twilight sleep” or “sleep
dentistry,” Intravenous sedation doesn’t actually put
you to sleep as general anesthesia does, explains Sun
City dentist Dr. Gasser. Rather, patients describe
drifting off in a dream-like state that feels completely
detached from reality, from what is happening to
them in the dentist’s chair. Because of this
detachment, triggers that might previously have caused severe anxiety or fear, such as the
whine of the drill or the sight of a needle, is no longer upsetting. And this is, of course,
beneficial to both the patient and the dentist.
FAQ # 3: Will I remember anything about the procedure while under IV sedation?
Answer: “While you remain conscious during IV sedation and can respond coherently to the
dentist’s questions, you probably won’t remember much or anything at all about the
procedure afterwards,” explains Sun City dentistry professional Dr. Gasser. “And this is
because the medications used cause partial or complete amnesia (memory loss) for the period
during which they are administered.” Patients that have undergone IV sedation frequently
report the time having gone by extremely fast. One patient said to the Sun City dentist: “one
minute you are fully aware of what’s going on and then the drugs kick in. The next minute it’s
all over and you’re on your way home!”
Sun City Dentistry and IV Sedation: Stay Tuned
To read the answers to more questions on Sun City dentistry IV sedation, stay tuned for the
final installment of this two-part article series.