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Stay In The know: What is IV Sedation Dentistry?

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

IV Sedation Dentistry, also known as Deep Conscious Sedation, is a specialized service that can only be offered by dentists and oral surgeons who have completed training and received certification in IV sedation.

Is IV Sedation More Effective Than Oral Sedation?

  • For many patients, the medications used for IV Sedation are more effective than those that are taken orally. Rather than being ingested, medication is delivered directly into the bloodstream through an IV. With this type of sedation dentistry, the dentist has greater control over the dosage, which can reduce unwanted side effects that can accompany oral medications.
  • The goal in sedation dentistry is to use a little medication as necessary to achieve relaxation. Compared to oral sedation dentistry, IV sedation is safer and more effective with less risk of side effects. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary.

How Does IV Sedation Dentistry Work?

Medication is administered through an intravenous tube. A constant “drip” of medication flows through the tube to keep you relaxed throughout the procedure. Various medications are available and carefully selected for the individual based on a medical history review and evaluation. All medications are safe, effective and carefully controlled. You will remain conscious throughout the procedure. However, you will likely have no memory of the treatment with a sense that you were asleep.

Will I Be Awake with IV Sedation?

During IV sedation, however, you are not “asleep” but rather in a much safer and more comfortable “semi-awake” state of reduced anxiety. You will most likely have little or no memory of the dental procedures that were performed because of the amnesic effect of the medications used to provide the sedation. During IV sedation, you can respond to verbal commands or a light physical touch. You need no medical assistance to maintain adequate breathing and heart function.

Am I A Candidate For Sedation Dentistry?

Dr. Dean will perform a complete evaluation and review of your medical history before recommending IV sedation dentistry. The treatment is safe and effective for most healthy adults (and even some children). Contraindications include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Allergies to specific medications (such as benzodiazepines, barbiturate, etc.)
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Heart conditions
  • Central Nervous System (CNS) depression

Schedule An Appointment

Knowing all your options when it comes to dental sedation is very important, and Dr. Dean can help. Schedule a consultation to see what he can do for you.