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Relieve Your Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety is a common issue, so much so that it prevents between 9 and 20% of patients from visiting their dentist. This is a serious problem because these patients are almost certain to develop severe oral health issues as a result of avoiding treatment.
At Amherst Village Dental, we want to ensure you receive the quality care you need in an environment that feels comfortable for you. That’s why we have a licensed anesthesiologist on call to provide IV sedation upon request.
Explore our guide to learn how sedation will help you relax in the dental chair.
What is IV Sedation?
IV sedation involves administering a blend of medications directly to your bloodstream, helping you feel calm and euphoric. You’ll feel the effects within moments and remain in a state of deep relaxation throughout your appointment. If you have extreme dental anxiety to the point where you’re uncomfortable receiving an IV, we can offer nitrous oxide to ease you into your sedation.
It’s important to note that you don’t actually lose consciousness under IV sedation. Instead, you’ll experience what’s often referred to as “twilight sleep,” meaning you’ll remain responsive but won’t feel any pain. You’ll also have little to no memory of the procedure when it’s finished.
The effects of IV sedation can linger for an hour or two after treatment, so you’ll need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home from our office.
Meet Our Licensed Anesthesiologist
Dwayne Thibeault has been practicing sedation for more than 20 years now. He’s worked with a wide range of medical procedures, from dental implants to open heart surgery, and cared for patients of all ages.
As an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and a board member of the New Hampshire Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NHANA), Dwayne has the experience necessary to ensure your comfort and safety during treatment.
Ask Dr. Ang About IV Sedation
If you’re interested in sedation for any dental procedure, contact our practice and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ang. He’ll be happy to answer all your questions and explain the process in greater detail.