Although it is one of the less common forms of sedation, our periodontists and team use intramuscular sedation in Tucson, Arizona, as one way to help you relax during your appointment and make a visit to Tucson Dental Implants and Periodontics easier. It can be especially beneficial for treating pediatric patients who may be experiencing severe anxiety about their visit but it is used far less often with adults. It can also be effective for patients who have a very sensitive gag reflex or who may have trouble holding their mouths open for an extended period of time.
Unlike other types of sedation in which the sedative is inhaled, swallowed in pill or liquid form or administered intravenously, with intramuscular sedation, the medication is injected directly into the muscle, usually the upper arm or in some cases, the upper thigh. This method of sedation is very effective and usually begins to work within a few minutes. Our dentists have received training in administering intramuscular sedatives and monitoring the patient during the appointment to ensure their safety.
If you are interested in learning more about intramuscular sedation, or would like to make an appointment with Dr. Clark Mackelprang or Dr. Clyde Robinson, call 520-327-0263 today and a member of our team will be happy to help.