If you’re afraid of going to the dentist for a root canal, you’re not alone. It has been estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. Delaying root canal treatment can lead to pain, infection and potential extraction of your tooth. However, there’s a way of overcoming the fears that may have kept you from visiting your dentist for necessary root canal treatment using modern techniques of sedation dentistry. Dr. Andrew Stubbs can ease your anxiety and even make the entire experience pain-free. Dr. Stubbs works with a team of nurse anesthetists, with more than 25 years experience, to provide sedation with medications through an IV in your arm. The nurse anesthetist continuously monitors your blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygen levels allowing our endodontist to provide excellent root canal treatment.
IV sedation is one of the most popular methods for delivering sedatives, since the medication is delivered directly into the blood stream for an immediate and highly controllable effect. Using the team approach, Dr. Stubbs is able to fully concentrate on your root canal procedure while the nurse anesthetist insures your safety and monitors your sedation level. For your convenience, an oral sedative can be delivered beforehand to make you more comfortable.
Advantages of IV sedation:
- Most predictable sedation results.
- Sedation level quickly adjustable.
- Profound amnesia effects.
Disadvantages of IV sedation:
- Cost. IV sedation visit significantly increase the cost of dental care. Oral sedation and nitrous oxide sedation are quality, cost-effective alternatives.
- Requires the use of a needle to gain access to a vein.
- Transportation is required to and from the dental office.
You can learn more about how IV sedation can help restore your smile with a Free Sedation Consult. At your consultation, we’ll likely suggest several options that can give you the results you want, as well as discuss the pros and cons of each. In the end, it’s all about making you feel comfortable and confident.
Andrew Stubbs, DMD is a specialist member of the American Association of Endodontists. He is a graduate of Boston University and maintains an ecofriendly dental practice in Lone Tree, CO. Dr. Stubbs specializes in root canal treatment and provides sedation dental treatment for patients from all over the Denver area.