Patients in Greensboro, NC area are interested in getting dental treatments are often worried about the anxiety they may experience before and during their appointment. It is common for patients to have dental anxieties, regardless of the treatment they are seeking. If you think that a visit to the dentist cannot possibly involve relaxation, think again! Drs. Steven Hatcher and Chad Merrell are excited to offer options for calming dental anxieties such as IV sedation.
Patients who want to rest comfortably during their next dental treatment are encouraged to ask our team about the possibility of having IV sedation. IV sedation is a method of administering sedation intravenously. This immediately gives patients a sense of relaxation through a proper dosage of sedatives. It is perfect for those who have a variety of concerns that may make it difficult for them to get through a dental treatment, including:
Before patients can undergo IV sedation, it is necessary they consult with our dentists first to determine if it is the right option for their specific needs. Drs. Steven Hatcher and Chad Merrell speak with patients about their medical history and any conditions they may have that may affect their ability to safely undergo sedation. Once patients have explained their medical history and described their concerns, our team can help them decide if IV sedation is appropriate for their specific needs. In some cases, patients may be excellent candidates to undergo sedation with this method, while others may be able to achieve relaxation with alternative methods, such as nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. Choosing the sedation best for you is done with the assistance of our dental team.
Before undergoing a procedure with IV sedation, patients will be given clear instructions to follow prior to visiting the office for treatment. This may include avoiding anything to eat or drink for approximately eight hours before the appointment, unless they are given prescription medications that have been cleared by our dental team to take as needed. When patients arrive at the dental office, our staff will evaluate their current health by checking breathing rate, heart rate, and blood pressure. The patient is prepared for the IV with a needle inserted into the primary vein in the arm, and then the specific dosage of sedative is determined based on many factors, including the weight of the patient and the intensity of their anxiety. Our staff will adjust sedation throughout the procedure, as needed, to ensure they are relaxed. Most patients feel so relaxed, they fall asleep for the entire procedure and awaken later after the sedation is ceased.
Drs. Steven Hatcher and Chad Merrell of the Greensboro, NC area are dentists in the community who have years of combined experience in providing gentle, comprehensive dental care for patients. They are committed to ensuring each visit is a positive one, and that dental anxiety is no longer a barrier for patients in getting the care they need. Patients ready to book an appointment with the team of professionals in our practice are welcome to schedule their visit by calling (336) 383-1482. Our practice is conveniently located at 2516-A Oakcrest Avenue and welcomes new patients.