Is Intravenous Sedation Dentistry (Sleep Dentistry) Safe?

It’s very common to feel anxious or nervous about visiting the dentist. Modern dental practices are very safe, but sometimes treatments can be uncomfortable which can cause unnecessary fear. This can stop people from visiting the dentist completely, which can impact their oral hygiene of a long period of time.

Intravenous Sedation Dentistry (or IV sedation dentistry) is now making it possible for everyone to visit the dentist and feel relaxed from start to finish – even those with fears or anxiety. It provides a completely safe and easy way to feel calm and completely at ease during a procedure. It’s been used in dental practices around the world for a number of years and has become a popular and proven method which is safe for everyone.

For those who are new to IV sedation dentistry, it’s a common belief that it might be dangerous, has long-term effects, or even complicate the process in some way. As long as it’s being administered by a specialist anaesthetist. Most of this is not true. In fact, it’s exactly the same procedure as a hospital – which you may have already experienced before!

IV Sedation Dentistry - Woman Sleeping in Dentist Chair

Here are some key facts about dental IV sedation to keep in mind when considering your next treatment.

Safe as a Hospital

When you choose dental IV sedation for your visit, you are in safe hands from the start. If you are not sure what to expect with IV sedation dentistry, don’t stress – it’s the same as a hospital. And that includes the same high standards, procedures and even the materials used.

Trained Professionals

Just like in a regular hospital procedure, IV sedation dentistry should only be administered by a trained professional. It is now practice that an anaesthetist is on hand at all times to ensure you’re monitored at all times and are given the right amount of IV sedation for relaxing experience.

It Does Not Complicate Treatments – Quite the Opposite

Oral IV sedation dentistry is sometimes believed by new patients to complicate a procedure. This is not true. If anything, it makes the treatment easier and more comfortable for everything involved.

The trusted IV sedation method in dentistry can be used for any type of procedure, large or small. It is as safe for fillings and cleaning as it is for more complex treatments. Whether you need a long or short, simple or complicated procedure, you can rest assured IV sedation dentistry will make your experience a positive one.

Safe for Every Patient

IV Sedation dentistry is a safe and trusted element of dental treatments, it is available to everyone – not just those with severe fear and anxiety about the dentist. It is also useful for patients who might be time poor and need a lot of dental work done which can usually we can accommodate in one visit.

Contact Dr George Olstein today with any questions or to make an appointment.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

To Our Valued Patients

Dr George Olstein takes the health of his patients and employees very seriously. Due to COVID-19, we understand there is a lot of anxiety and uncertainty regarding the situation at the moment. We are being consistently updated from the Australian Dental Association and DHHS in Victoria with regards to any changes in practice from a health and hygiene perspective.

Dr George Olstein is monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely and are listening carefully to the questions and concerns we receive from our patients.

We would like to reassure our people, patients and the broader community that Dr George Olstein has always had, do and will continue to have exceptional clinical standards. We are highly commended for our robust policies and procedures, particularly around infection control including hand Hygiene.

The recent events associated with Coronavirus have seen Dr George Olstein develop an additional comprehensive policy specifically considering the virus, which has been adopted by all our team.

This includes but not limited to;

  • Avoid handshaking, hugging and kissing.
  • Please use the provided antimicrobial hand rub before entering the clinic and before leaving the clinic.
  • Please be aware that we will be conducting regular disinfection of the surfaces at the reception, waiting areas, water station, washroom and the entry doors.
  • Similarly, we are also working closely with our business partners to guarantee the continued supply of masks, gloves and other infection control items.

We consider you part of the Dr George Olstein family and your safety, together with that of our team’s, remains our highest priority.

We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit and will continue to update you on any further developments.

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Best regards,
Dr George Olstein