IV Sedation Dentistry in Sarasota, FL
Dental fears are common. According to some estimates, as many as 75% of American adults have some level of dental fear. While most of these cases are mild and don’t interfere with proper dental care, about 5 to 10% of U.S. adults have fear and anxiety so severe that it’s actually classified as a phobia.
When dental anxiety becomes so bad that it causes you to avoid seeing the dentist for regular preventive care, a vicious cycle is created. Without preventive care, you are likely to develop problems. When a problem occurs, you may put off treatment until the problem becomes severe. At this point, more complex treatment is needed, which only validates the fear of the dentist.
At Sarasota Dental Arts, we want to break this cycle.
Dr. Kaya Aygen is certified in IV conscious sedation, which allows you to relax and even sleep through your dental visit. He completed his training in this technique at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
What Is IV Sedation?
IV sedation uses a calming medication that is sent directly into your vein. The medication will soothe and relax you. The medication doesn’t cause you to lose consciousness, but some people do become so relaxed that they actually fall asleep!
You will feel drowsy for a while following your appointment, so it will be necessary to have someone drive you to and from the office.
Is IV Sedation Right for Me?
Everyone has different and unique needs when it comes to their dental care, and Dr. Aygen understands and respects this. He also recognizes that some people have a great deal of fear and anxiety when it comes to dental visits. This is sometimes because of an unfortunate experience earlier in life, but sometimes it isn’t clear where the fear originated.
The popular media certainly isn’t helpful.
Dental work is often portrayed as painful and frightening, and dentists are often played as sadistic, cruel, and uncaring. While this is often done for laughs, it’s created an unfortunate and very negative stereotype of dentists and has led to a lot of fear. What’s worse is that these stereotypes are even presented in children’s TV shows and movies, causing fear to develop early in life. Children’s dentists, in particular, have to work hard to overcome this negative presentation of dentistry.
If you’ve been struggling with dental anxiety and have found yourself putting off necessary treatment (or even routine preventive care), please call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aygen. During this consult, Dr. Aygen will simply sit and talk to you about your needs and your concerns. He’ll also take a medical history and discuss any medications you are taking to make sure that IV conscious sedation is a safe choice for you.
Call Sarasota Dental Arts today to learn more about IV sedation. Your smile is important, and we’d like to help you take care of it free from stress and anxiety.