What is IV Sedation?
IV sedation is typically necessary for oral surgeries and more complicated dental procedures. It involves placing a small IV into the arm and delivering a safe sedative into your system. You will slowly enter a sleep-like state, making the procedure more comfortable and easier for you. IV sedation is safe for most patients, and it's often needed if you'll be undergoing more invasive treatments.
Why is IV Sedation needed?
There are a few reasons for why IV sedation might be the best option for you. You might be undergoing oral surgery or an incredibly complicated procedure and would rather be asleep for it. Likewise, we might recommend this sedative if you are unable to sit still or relax for treatment. IV sedation can take the trouble out of sitting for treatment, and you'll find it's easier for both our staff and yourself.
Who is a candidate for IV Sedation?
Most patients coming into our office are good candidates for IV sedation. We will review all health and medical history prior to suggesting any type of sedative. If you are unable to undergo sedation, it is important that you tell us this during your appointment. IV sedation can be used on both children and adult patients who may need it.
What happens during IV Sedation?
The process begins by sitting you comfortably in one of our operatories. We then place a small IV into your arm and deliver a safe, effective sedative into your system. Without about 15 minutes, you will begin to enter a sleep-like state. We then perform the procedure as needed. The IV is removed from your arm and you are taken to one of our recovery rooms. You are given enough time to wake up so that you can leave the office. It is important that you have a friend or relative there who can bring you home from the appointment when needed.
If you are interested in learning more about IV sedation, call our office today and one of our helpful team members will be happy to further assist you.
frequently asked questions
What if I have dental anxiety?
A lot of patients have dental anxiety, and this is handled in a warm welcoming environment with a caring team to discuss every step along the way as well as use certain techniques, such as IV sedation to control the anxiety.
What are the benefits of IV sedation?
IV sedation, also known as intravenous sedation or conscious sedation, is a safe and efficient method of providing sedation to patients during dental procedures. It involves the administration of sedative medications through a vein, typically in the arm, to induce a relaxed and calm state.
Is IV sedation safe?
Yes, it is described as conscious sedation so the patient remains awake and can respond to verbal cues such as “open”, but the medications provide relaxation and comfort during the procedure. The IV route is safe as it has a rapid onset, and the dosage can be controlled and adjusted to the specific patient. The recovery period for IV sedation is very quick as well.
What dental procedures can IV sedation be used for?
IV sedation can be used for any dental procedure, regardless of the complexity. We even use IV sedation for cleanings!
How do I prepare for a procedure with IV sedation?
A consultation with the doctor followed by picking a date when a ride can accommodate you. No eating or drinking anything at least 6 hours prior to the procedure.
Will I remember my procedure?
With IV sedation there is reduced awareness and memory of the procedure. This is called transient anterograde amnesia, which means patients often have limited memory of the procedure. This can help alleviate anxiety and create a more pleasant experience for individuals who may have dental phobia or a fear of dental treatments.
How will I feel after IV stops being administered?
After the dental procedure and IV sedation are complete, the effects of the sedation gradually wear off. However, it is important for patients to have a responsible adult accompany them to the appointment, as they may still feel drowsy and require some time to fully recover from the sedation.
Can any dentist perform IV sedation?
Not every dentist can perform IV sedation. Special, specific training must be completed and reviewed before anyone can perform IV sedation