IV Sedation Dentistry

IV Sedation Dentistry

Visiting the dentist regularly and receiving routine dental care is essential to maintaining the health of your smile. However, if you have dental anxiety and feel nervous or even afraid of visiting the dentist, you may not be receiving the care you need. This increases your risk of serious dental problems. At Monroe Street Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, we offer IV sedation dentistry, which makes it possible for you to receive essential dental care without experiencing fear, anxiety, or pain.

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

IV sedation dentistry helps patients feel calm and relaxed while receiving dental treatment. It's a type of sedation that administers sedation medication intravenously, or through your vein. This allows you to receive dental care in a semi-conscious state. Although you won't be completely asleep during your procedure, the sedative will make you less aware of your surroundings. You'll still be able to respond to the dentist if necessary, even though you won't be completely aware of what's happening.

Once the sedation wears off, you'll have little to no memories of the procedure. IV sedation is helpful for anyone suffering from dental anxiety, and it's an ideal treatment if you need extensive dental work.

 

What Are the Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry?

IV sedation offers a variety of benefits for patients in comparison to other forms of sedation dentistry. These include:

  • Easy to administer

  • Takes effect quickly

  • Creates a sense of relaxation

  • No fear or anxiety during treatment

  • Your dentist can easily adjust the dosage and closely monitor your vital signs

  • Allows for multiple treatments in one visit, making it ideal for patients who need extensive dental care

  • Helpful for patients who have a severe gag reflex

  • Creates a period of amnesia so you'll have no memory of undergoing your dental procedure

Dr. Adam Fisher

We are proud to have the opportunity to give you the smile of your dreams

Is IV Sedation Right For You?

Only your dentist can determine if IV sedation dentistry is right for you. During your appointment, Dr. Fisher will review your medical history and discuss your medication use, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. IV sedation may be right for you if you have moderate-to-high anxiety about needles, visiting the dentist, or receiving dental procedures. Dr. Fisher may also recommend sedation if you need several dental procedures or if you require a complex procedure, such as tooth extractions or dental implants.

How To Prepare For IV Sedation

Here's an overview of how you can prepare for IV sedation and what you can expect during and after your procedure:

Before Your Dental Procedure

Dr. Fisher will give you detailed instructions to follow before your appointment. Prior to arriving at our office, patients are usually given these recommendations:

  • 1 Avoid eating or drinking for at least six to eight hours before your procedure
  • 2 Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
  • 3 Avoid wearing jewelry, makeup, or nail polish
  • 4 Tell your dentist about any changes in your medical history
  • 5 Don't take any medications unless approved by your dentist
  • 6 Bring a family member or friend with you to drive you home

During Your Dental Procedure

After you arrive at our office, an experienced member of our dental team will start your IV, usually in your arm or hand. You'll receive all of your medications through your IV, which are delivered into your bloodstream during your dental procedure. Most patients receive sedatives, pain medicine, steroids, or anti-inflammatories through their IV. The medication you receive will quickly put you into a calm, relaxed state that is free from any pain or discomfort. Dr. Fisher will carefully monitor your vital signs, such as blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate, throughout your procedure.

After Your Dental Procedure

After your procedure is completed, your dentist will gently wake you from the sedative state. Even if your appointment took a couple of hours, it will likely feel as though you were only at our office for a few minutes. It's normal for you to feel slightly drowsy following your dental procedure with IV sedation, which is why you'll need a friend or family member to take you home. The feeling of drowsiness usually subsides within a few hours.

You'll want to rest and take it easy for the first 24 hours after receiving IV sedation dentistry. This includes avoiding any strenuous activity, operating heavy machinery, driving, drinking alcohol, making any major decisions, or taking any unapproved medications. Although complications are rare, we encourage you to contact us if you suspect any problems.

Contact Monroe Street Oral Surgery and Dental Implants to learn more about IV sedation dentistry. Our team cares about your oral health and is committed to helping you receive the dental care you need in a relaxing atmosphere.