We are pleased to be able to offer IV Sedation as an sedation option from our anesthesia-certified dentist. Providing sedation to dental patients allows high anxiety patients to comfortably complete dental treatment in the comfort of our office, without the inconvenience or expense of being referred to a specialist’s office.
IV stands for intravenous. Medication that is administered intravenously is administered through the veins and does not carry the same risks as general anesthesia. Because of its rapid effects, many patients prefer this option. Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable. IV sedation also eliminates your anxiety and pain. Although you may lie back in the dental chair with your eyes closed, you will not be asleep during your appointment and will still be able to respond to verbal cues from your dentist. Because you are completely relaxed, your dentist can accomplish more high-quality dentistry in less time. IV sedation can benefit you if you have a sensitive gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods of time. You’ll be so relaxed that you’ll be unaware of the sights, smells and sounds of the dental office. Patients remember little-to-nothing of their appointment by the next day.
IV sedation gives your dentist optimal control of the amount of medication administered and allows them to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably.