What is IV Sedation?
IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation where we use an IV line in your arm or hand to administer the sedative drugs.
What is Conscious Sedation?
Conscious sedation is modern dentistry that lets even the most high fear patient have a relaxing and comfortable dental visit. Since the patient is comfortable, we are able to accomplish the work of several appointments in just one. While the goal of general anesthesia is for the patient to sleep, in dentistry it is much more common to use conscious sedation, where the patient is sedated and comfortable, yet still awake. When we use conscious sedation, you don't really fall asleep, even though sometimes it feels like you did. That's because sedation feels so relaxing and peaceful that the patient doesn't even notice the passing of time. Many of the medications used in conscious sedation have an amnesiac effect as well, leaving patients with little or no memory of their dental appointment, and further adding to the feeling that the patient was asleep.
Is IV Sedation for me?
IV sedation is wonderful and incredibly effective for most healthy adults. For many, it is the answer they have been looking for all their life.
Discuss sedation with us if any of the following sound like you:
You are uncomfortable in a dental surgery
You are too scared to even call the dentist and make an appointment
You can't stand the smell and sounds of a dental surgery
You are delaying treatment you know you need
You are in pain when you eat, but too anxious about the dentist to take care of it
You have trouble getting numb - the anesthetic doesn't seem to work on you
You are concerned about how many dental appointments you know you'll need
You are looking for a way to have the work of several appointments done in just one or two
You remember bad experiences with a dentist in your past
You need your wisdom teeth removed
You have a strong gag reflex, especially when the dentist is working in your mouth
You have trouble with jaw soreness when you have to keep your mouth open
You have back or neck pain when you sit in a dental chair
What can I expect from IV Sedation?
Since you will be receiving sedative medication, you will need an escort to drive you to the appointment. If you are concerned about getting a needle, we have techniques to make you comfortable before the IV is started. The dentistry will all be performed while you are relaxed and totally comfortable. When it is safe for you to travel, your escort will take you home, and then you will rest comfortably for the rest of the day.
Is IV Sedation Safe?
IV sedation is very safe as well as effective. We have received advanced training specifically designed to increase the safety and effectiveness of the sedation, and has been certified and licensed.