Maureen 2015-12-04 17:00:00
Last week I had IV sedation for some general dental work that I had
put off for 7 years (long story). I’m not only dental phobic but also
needle phobic (with good reason but that’s another long story).
Nevertheless I barely felt the dentist start the IV. Last year I had
conscious sedation for a heart cath and the IV really hurt as it
usually does. Why the difference? Do they use a different size needle
or plastic tube thingy? And if there is a difference in needle size
-why? Isn’t conscious sedation, conscious sedation no matter where you
have it? If you can prevent patient discomfort by using a smaller
size, shouldn’t you?
BTW things went amazing well (if any other dental phobic types are
reading this). I had valium and Demerol and he used a new type of
local anesthetic that actually worked (Articaine). I’ve had six
procedures in this area (hence the missing tooth) and no one had been
able to get it totally numb before. The dentist (and his assistant)
were extremely understanding and nice and took their time. But I am
already starting to get anxious about the next appointment to finish
the bridge and will probably be a basket case by the time my husband
drags me into the office next week. A valium drugged basket case but
one nevertheless. Aren’t the dentists here glad I’m not your patient?