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.
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 blood stream 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.
Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry
- More reliable sedation
- Immediate relaxation
- Complete relaxation throughout procedure
- Allows for more dental work to be completed in fewer visits
- Faster recovery with fewer side effects compared to oral sedation
- Expert treatment administered by a certified Texas dentist
How does IV Sedation Dentistry Work?
Medication is administered through a 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.
The goal in sedation dentistry is to use a little medication as necessary to achieve relaxation. Compared to oral sedation, 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.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
Dr. Dean will perform a complete evaluation and review of your medical history prior to recommending IV sedation dentistry. The treatment is safe and effective for most healthy adults (and even some children). Contraindications include:
- Allergies to specific medications (such as benzodiazepines, barbiturate, etc.)
- Alcohol intoxication
- Heart conditions
- Central Nervous System (CNS) depression