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Is IV Sedation in Dentistry Safe?

Most people are eager to try anything that makes their dental appointments pass by quickly and comfortably!

One option for making this possible is conscious sedation. Conscious sedation includes a variety of techniques for helping you sleep through your appointment without really being completely under. “Intravenous” (IV) sedation means that the drug is placed directly into the bloodstream through a vein.

IV sedation is the preferred sedation for patients who want:

  • Rapid results
  • A deep level of sedation
  • Sedation tailored to their individual needs

With IV sedation, it is easy to control and achieve a higher level of relaxation. The medication that is used can help patients sleep right through even the most difficult of treatment procedures.

But is it safe to have a sedative directly injected into your body?

IV Sedation in the Dental Office

A soft plastic tube inserted into your arm or hand administers the medication. If needed, the skin can be numbed up so that you don’t feel the needle as it goes in.

During the entire procedure, the dental staff will carefully monitor your breathing, blood pressure, and pulse rate. Nothing is left to chance!

Are There Any Contraindications?

Some contraindications to using IV sedation include:

  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Pregnancy
  • CNS depression

This sedation option should be used carefully if you have sleep apnea. With advance planning, your dental appointment can safely be completed.

IV Sedation and Your Dental Care

As long as your dental care provider is licensed and trained in administering IV sedation, it’s perfectly safe. IV sedation could make your next dental treatment session pass by like a dream! Talk with you local dentist about the anesthesia options available in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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