Intravenous Sedation (i.v. – sedation)
Intravenous Sedation is the deepest form of office sedation. This type of sedation is administered through fluid and anesthetic induction in an intravenous line attached to the forearm or hand. This type of sedation produces “sleep” sedation where the patient is unaware of the procedures being performed. Combinations of medications are used to maintain the patient in a relaxed and amnesic state. As with Oral sedation, the patient is fully monitored throughout the procedure. A responsible adult is required to drive the patient home following dismissal from the office. As it is easier to control the depth of patient sedation levels with I.V. Sedation, it is more appropriate for highly anxious patients and longer or more involved procedures.
Sedation Dentistry for the Elderly
As we age, our oral health becomes more important than ever. Periodontal disease can lead to bone and tooth loss, which affects nearly every part of our daily lives. To lead full and active lives, we need our teeth and gums. They allow us to enjoy food, support speech, and facilitate digestion. Dr. Crowther is dedicated to treating elderly patients with care and commitment to comfort and health.
Elderly patients as a group tend to avoid dental visits for a variety of reasons, such as more pressing medical concerns, anxiety about treatment, the hardship of transportation, or fixed incomes. Once their oral health has reached an unmanageable point, fear and embarrassment further keep these patients away from the dentist.
For elderly patients embarrassed or fearful of their current oral state, sedation dentistry provides the opportunity for Dr. Crowther to treat these conditions while the patient remains relaxed and unaware until “awaking” to an improved oral state!
Sedation Dentistry for the Disabled
It may be especially difficult for people with disabilities to obtain access to proper dental care. They must find a dentist who is skilled and compassionate, and who can provide services for which some dentists may not be qualified. At Implant Dentistry of Mid-Florida, we provide the expertise, state-of-the-art-equipment, and dedication to assisting special-needs patients necessary to ensuring great oral care for our patients.
Disabled patients may face added challenges in maintaining their oral health. Their disability may make it difficult to brush or floss regularly; they may also suffer a severe gag reflex, or dry mouth as a result of medication. Dr. Crowther meets these challenges with sedation dentistry for the disabled. Dr. Crowther is skilled in anesthesia for special-needs patients and can ease the fear associated with out-of-control oral hygiene with one visit.
Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful
Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for many people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.
If you suffer from dental phobia- fear no more! At Implant Dentistry of Mid-Florida, we are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Not only will our staff treat you with delicacy and care, but IV sedation will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. While engaging in a pleasant sleep-like experience, Dr. Crowther will be hard at work making sure you “wake up” with the results you desire.