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How IV Sedation Can Help with Dental Anxiety

The team at Muse Dental Studio

According to a 2015 Oral Health & Well-Being in the United States report by the Health Policy Institute as part of the American Dental Association, an estimated 22% of people avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid or anxious. This fear can be the result of various situations a person experiences over the course of their life, including:

  • A traumatic dental experience at a previous dentist office
  • Fear of needles
  • Bad experience coming out of sedation
  • Fear of losing control or helplessness

Putting off dental care can lead to serious problems with your oral health and overall well-being. Everything from tooth decay to gum disease and even oral cancer can appear at any time during your life. Without proper care and treatment, you could be facing years of necessary dental work and money spent attempting to restore your teeth and gums.

Fortunately, more and more dentists are providing patients with solutions to curb these fears, one of which is IV sedation. Administered by a qualified professional, this method of sedation puts patients in a relaxed state that results in less awareness of the current treatment of procedure being performed and increased comfort.

Meet Dr. Quaddoura

Dr. Quaddoura

Dr. Quaddoura is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in eliminating dental fear and completing painless procedures. Receiving his medical degree from Damascus University Faculty of Medicine, he completed his residency in 2000 at The University of Maryland before completing a Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the same university in 2001.

Providing anesthesia, pain management, and critical care treatment since 2001, he continually advocates for patient safety. Relocating from Philadelphia to Houston, Dr. Quaddoura has partnered with Muse Dental Studio to ensure patients dealing with severe dental anxiety and fear receive the best quality care possible.

How IV Sedation Works and Its Benefits

A patient who is sedated while the dentist performs dental work

Prior to your visit, it may be necessary for you to avoid eating or drinking for a designated period of time before your procedure. We will provide instructions on what you should and should not do prior to your appointment (i.e. taking medications, eating, drinking, etc.).

When you arrive, Dr. Quaddoura will find administer the sedation intravenously through a vein. The sedative works quickly, so don’t be surprised if you feel relaxed soon after the IV is placed. Throughout the procedure, he will closely monitor you and adjust the dosage levels if necessary.

While you will still be able to follow basic commands by our dental team, you won’t be too aware of what is happening, and it will be necessary to have someone escort you to and from your dental appointment, as the effects do take some time to fully dissipate.

This type of sedation method offers many great benefits, some of which include:

  • A safe and effective method of sedation
  • Fast results that leave you feeling comfortable and relaxed
  • You can breathe on your own and will not affect your body processes
  • If you require extensive dental care, IV sedation makes it possible for us to perform multiple procedures at one time
  • Less discomfort after the procedure is complete
  • You are unaware of the sights, smells, and sounds associated with your dental treatment or procedure