IV Sedation Dentistry Greenwood
Dr. Matthew Walton has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a new dentist that offers sedation.
Dr. Matthew Walton offers several options for sedation so that you can be relaxed and comfortable throughout your appointment.
Dr. Walton is specially trained (Indiana University and UCLA) in sedation dentistry and is one of only a few dentists licensed in Indiana to administer IV sedation (the majority of dentists administer pill-only sedation).
Located just 15 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis with free parking.
Options For Sedation
The sedation that Dr. Walton uses to help relax his patients is both safe and effective. The type of sedation that is recommended will be based on your anxiety level, length of your appointment, and type of procedure you are undergoing.
Dr. Matthew Walton, with a high-tech dental practice office located in Greenwood, provides advanced dental sedation services to patients from Indianapolis Metro, Southern Indiana & Central Indiana since 2006.
Sedation dentistry is a wonderful tool that can allow you to get the treatment you want and need. Patients who have dental anxiety or phobia can fall into a spiral in which they avoid routine and necessary dental care, which makes their oral health worse, and leads to even more avoidance. This is completely unnecessary with safe, modern, and trusted dental sedation techniques. Millions of patients have gotten their care comfortable, even after years of suffering, and so can you.
IV Sedation (Intravenous)
This is where the sedative medications are injected directly into your blood stream.
The medicine takes effect almost instantly. We can also measure or titrate the medicine to reach the effective dose quickly and safely. If the medicine is wearing off, we can administer a variety of medicines through the IV line to help ease the sedation. This is not possible with giving someone pills. Furthermore, we can administer reversal agents to counteract any medicines, if need be. This is very important from a safety standpoint.
The benefit of intravenous (IV) sedation is that the level of medication can be adjusted during your procedure to ensure maximum comfort. Dr. Walton will administer medication directly into your blood stream (unlike pills), ensuring that the drugs work quickly and effectively. You may sleep through much of the procedure, but you will be able to be awakened easily and will remain in a state of relaxation. It is very likely that you will not remember much of your procedure afterwards. You will be completely relaxed and comfortable, since IV sedation eliminates both anxiety and pain. Dr. Walton can accomplish more extensive treatment when patients receive this type of sedation because it relaxes the jaw and facial muscles. For this reason, it is also a good option for patients with a sensitive gag reflex.
Advantages of IV Sedation
Video 01:14 | Dr. Walton explains the advantages of IV sedation for your dentistry appointment including peace of mind.
You’ll have to have someone drive you to and from the appointment and stay with you afterwards. You will likely sleep for several hours afterwards.
This would typically be pills taken prior to your procedure. These pills are in the family of medicine called benzodiazepines. Examples would include valium, xanax and halcion.
Pros: Relatively safe, and fairly easy to administer. You typically don’t want to drive after taking these. For many people, they work well for minor procedures. Relatively cheap to administer.
Cons: However, with more in depth procedures or even longer procedures, the pills have some limitations. One of the biggest limitations of the pills is that the pills get metabolized or broken down in your stomach and liver, which not only takes a longer time to take effect, but more importantly, only leaves only part of the active ingredient left to work on your brain for the sedative effect. So for some people, they may require more pills. The problem is, it is hard to measure or titrate just how much the effective dose will with the pills, and it can become unsafe at a certain point, or just not even effective.
Oral sedation refers to a group of pill-form sedatives called benzodiazepines that can have mild or moderate sedative effect depending on the dosage. Dr. Walton selects the appropriate medication, and you simply take a pill prior to your procedure. You will feel very relaxed and drowsy and may fall asleep, but are easily awakened. You will more than likely have a limited memory of the procedure, and effects of the medication may last for a few hours.
Overcoming Dental Anxiety
Video 01:00 | If you’ve ever felt nervous or anxious before visiting your dentist, you are not alone. Thanks to today’s technology, dental visits are usually comfortable and virtually pain-free. If you have any anxiety, be sure to discuss your concerns with your dentist as they can adjust treatment to make your dental visit as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible.
Video courtesy of ADA
Safe and easy to administer. It’s out of your system immediately and you can drive after using it. Works very well for mild anxiety to take the edge off. It has a very long safety record. Relatively cheap to administer. Also called laughing gas, this type of sedation is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This mild sedative has been used for many years in dental offices and hospitals and is appropriate for all ages of patients, from the very young to the elderly. It is administered from a canister by a tube and a small mask. You will feel relaxed, but remain alert. Once the inhalation of the gas stops, the anesthetic effects end quickly.
Video 01:00 | Some people may find a trip to the dental office to be an anxious experience. To help you relax, Dr. Walton may suggest using nitrous oxide if you feel nervous about your dental visit.
Video courtesy of ADA
Five stars. “My experience has been via conscious sedation – so my observations are limited. Someone telling me “you’re doing great” – is all I remember.”Dietra R. – Read more reviews