IV Sedation Dentistry
IV Sedation Dentistry
We are pleased to be able to offer our patients IV sedation, a technique that will make your dental visits more comfortable and stress-free. It’s used to relax you without putting you to sleep: you remain conscious and able to talk, walk, and breathe on your own, but you are extremely relaxed. The medication has a great amnesia quality to it so most patients do not even remember anything and feel as if they were asleep the whole time.
The night before your appointment you take a mild pill that allows you to sleep well and be rested and relaxed the next day. An hour before your appointment, you will take a second pill and, to ensure that you are extremely comfortable, we perform IV sedation right before your procedure.
With IV sedation, you’ll remain relaxed, and will be able to understand and respond to requests from your dental team. For most people, IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on. IV sedation is so effective that most patients who choose it reduce the number of visits required to complete their dentistry because they are so relaxed and at ease, we are able to address more than one concern and accomplish more. And remember…you can receive IV Sedation for any type of dental work, even a cleaning!
This sedation method is particularly appropriate for patients who are very apprehensive about dental care and for our teenage patients who are planning on having their wisdom teeth removed.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5-10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre-and post-sedation instructions.