Dental phobia and other forms of patient anxiety can make it difficult for dentists to perform dental treatments safely.
Thanks to intravenous (IV) sedation, Dr. Steven M. Balloch's patients can achieve a relaxed state during dental visits.
Learn how dental sedation at our Glastonbury, CT, practice can help you...
How IV Sedation Works The Basics of the Process
Intravenous Sedative Drugs
During treatment, a sedative drug is administered directly into a patient's bloodstream. This method is quite different from oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a pill, or nitrous oxide, in which the sedative is inhaled.
A Deeper Level of Relaxation
While nitrous oxide and oral sedatives are effective, intravenous sedation allows patients to reach a much deeper state of relaxation. This is why it is often the preferred method when performing more complicated or lengthy procedures.
Careful Patient Monitoring
Safety is our very first priority. Our practice employs certified dental anesthesiologists so patients are in expert hands during the procedure. They will administer the medication and monitor your vital signs throughout treatment.
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The Benefits of IV Sedation Why It's Popular with Patients
There are many benefits to intravenous sedation dentistry:
Less Fear during TreatmentIt's estimated that up to 50 percent of Americans avoid visiting the dentist out of fear. Sedation dentistry techniques can help these people overcome their anxiety over dental work.
Comfortable, Relaxed Dental CareThe use of anesthesia allows patients to reach a state of deep relaxation while in the dentist's chair. This is not only helpful for anxious patients; it can also benefit those who have arthritis or other conditions that make sitting for long periods difficult.
Promotes SafetyWhen anxious or uncomfortable patients are relaxed, it's easier for dentists to safely perform their work.
Meet with an Experienced Dentist Who Offers an Anxiety-free Experience
Dr. Balloch is committed to giving each patient a positive experience with every visit. This is why so many people in the greater Glastonbury, CT, area visit his practice for routine cleanings and advanced dental treatment.
Dr. Balloch has more than three decades of experience. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA), the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).
To learn more about intravenous sedation and other options for stress-free dental care, schedule a consultation online. You can also reach us by phone at: (860) 659-8660
Doctor Balloch is the best Dentist that we have ever had and, his staff is the most friendly and professional ever!! We have been going to Dr. Balloch's office for 15 years and have always received the utmost professional treatment and services. Dr. Balloch is very particular and will not compromise on his quality standards!!! If you need regular dental services or, extremely good cosmetic services, Dr. Balloch is the right dentist for you!!View On Yelp
I have a dentist phobia. I almost cancelled my free consultation. I'm extremely glad I didn't. He made me feel very safe and almost completely comfortable. I'm still dealing with my phobia, but he has made it somewhat easier to try to deal with it.View On Google
The IV Sedation Process
What to Expect During Sedation An Overview of the Patient Experience
Deep State of Relaxation
Intravenous sedation puts patients in a deeper state of relaxation than nitrous oxide or oral sedatives. At the end of the procedure, patients will have little memory of the procedure. This amnesiac effect makes it helpful for invasive treatments and phobic patients.
It is a common misconception that the sedative medication renders a patient unconscious. Patients are actually in a semi-conscious state. They can respond to their dentist and answer questions when needed during the course of their treatment.
Safety Precautions after Sedation Ensuring Patient Wellness
Have a Designated Driver
The intravenous sedative will prevent you from safely operating a vehicle. Make sure a loved one is present during your visit to drive you to the practice and back home to recover.
Avoid Driving for 24 Hours
Even after you've arrived home and rested, you may still feel the effects of the sedative medication. Patients should avoid driving for at least 24 hours after having received intravenous sedation.
Contact Us About Concerns
If any issues or concerns arise any time after undergoing IV sedation, be sure to contact our Glastonbury, CT, practice as soon as possible. We care about your safety and wellness.
"Balloch Is a True Artist."
With a combination of crowns and veneers, Dr. Balloch created a whiter, uniform color, resulting in a very natural looking smile. As for the sedation, it takes the five-to-six-hour visit and makes it feel like an hour nap. It is absolutely the way to go!View On Google
Dr. Steven Balloch is simply the best. He and all the co-workers treat every patient as a VIP, greeting you by your first name, offering the TV remote, a blanket or warm moist towel, even a hot paraffin hand treatment if you like. What I am most thankful for is Dr. Balloch's painless (yes, painless) shots. He simply will not hurt a patient. He builds in extra time for each appointment so he can sit patiently and inject the novacain a little at a time without any jabbing or poking. Mercifully, you don't feel a thing. He also offers sleep dentistry which I've had twice for very long procedures and highly recommend.
I recently completed a major restoration involving 6 upper front crowns and a bridge. Thank you, Dr. Balloch, for making one of my dreams come true by being the expert, the artist, and the caring person that you are. When I count my blessings, you are at the top of the list.