What is IV Sedation?
IV sedation involves administering a sedative through a vein in your arm. This allows us to monitor and adjust the sedation as needed during your appointment. IV sedation puts you into a deep state of sleep, ideal for more invasive procedures or to help you relax during your appointment. IV sedation is safe and customized to each patient coming into our office.
Why is IV Sedation needed?
IV sedation is typically recommended to patients who are undergoing more invasive procedures. This may include oral surgery, extractions or facial reconstruction. However, IV sedation can be beneficial for patients who are nervous about visiting the office and just want to relax while the procedure is being done. IV sedation is continually monitored while you’re in our office and wears off quickly once the IV is taken out of your arm.
What makes you a good candidate for IV Sedation?
You must be healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia in order for IV sedation to be the right choice for you. Prior to receiving IV sedation, we’ll go over your health and medical history to help in determining if this option is right for you. Most of our patients are healthy enough for IV sedation and are able to have it administered. Because the sedation is adjusted and monitored, it is safe for patients of all ages and medical needs.
What can be expected during IV Sedation?
You will first come into our office and be seated comfortably in one of our dental chairs. We will then place an IV in one of your veins in the arm. Medication is slowly administered through this IV so that it works quickly and effectively. Your procedure is started and we will continuously monitor the sedation throughout your appointment. Once the procedure is finished, the IV is removed and you will be taken to our recovery room. The recovery room gives you time to wake up from the procedure enough to go home. It is important that you have a loved one bring you home from your procedure because it is not safe to drive a vehicle even if you feel relatively awake.
If you think you may need or want IV sedation, call our office now and our helpful staff members can further assist you and answer your questions.