Is there anything that can help me with my fear of the dentist?
Yes. Cairntoul Dental Care can offer adult patients who are anxious about dental treatment the opportunity to have their treatment carried out under intravenous sedation.
What is Intravenous or IV Sedation?
Intravenous or ‘IV’ sedation is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm with a drug known as midazolam to make people feel like they are asleep. The great advantage of IV sedation is that the effects are instantaneous. IV sedation does not actually induce sleep; instead, you actually remain conscious and can follow instructions from your dentist. However, the feelings of relaxation will be intense enough for you not to remember much about what happened under treatment. The drugs used for IV sedation are more effective than the drugs taken orally.
The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. You won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery for 24 hours.