For certain procedures, such as dental reconstruction, root canals, or other extensive treatment plans, you may wish to have IV sedation so that you can completely relax during treatment and enjoy a pain and anxiety-free experience. With IV sedation dentistry, you can enjoy the full effects of sedation during your treatment.
IV sedation does not fully put you to sleep but it does make you less aware of your surroundings and more relaxed and calm. You will still be able to respond to the dentist’s commands and you will definitely not need any help breathing. Unlike other forms of sedation dentistry that are delivered either through a mask or a pill, IV sedation is delivered intravenously, which means it is delivered directly to your veins and its effects are much stronger and faster. The dentist will also be able to monitor your vitals throughout the process so they can adjust the dosage accordingly.
Since IV sedation creates a long period of sedation and amnesia, it is typically used for patients with high dental anxiety, patients who are going through a painful procedure, or patients who need multiple long procedures. Your dentist will offer IV sedation for more demanding procedures like a complex root canal, implant or tooth extraction.
IV sedation is perfect for more challenging and lengthy procedures. Not only will it relieve your angst and restlessness, but it will also make the procedure quicker and easier for the operating dentist. Our nurse anesthetist will monitor your vitals and sedation levels throughout your appointment so you feel no stress, anxiety or fear during your dental treatment. Before your next dental procedure, talk to your dentist about IV sedation!
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