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IV Sedation for Patient Care

What would you do if you could just sleep through your entire dental appointment? Not be sort of drowsy, or only semi-sedated…. actually, fully sedated. Would it help you overcome anxiety about your appointment? Perhaps it would help you feel more inclined to go through with dental treatment that you really, truly need? That’s exactly what IV sedation dentistry can do for the dental patient.

Patients that benefit from sedation the most include people that are:

  • Anxious about dental care
  • Have a large amount of treatment that needs to be completed
  • Have a history of bad dental experiences
  • Young children that are unable to remain still for their treatment

During intravenous sedation, patients are safely administered a level of sedative medication through an IV line. Only dentists that have advanced sedation training and licensure do this may administer IV sedation medications. At all points in the procedure, the patient is monitored for their safety and response to the medication. Full sedation is usually achieved in just a couple of minutes, and the dentist is able to work very efficiently since patient comfort is ensured throughout the entire procedure. Once the treatment is complete, the medication is discontinued and the patient regains consciousness.

One of the other benefits to IV sedation is that patients can often have a large amount of treatment completed during just one appointment. Regardless of whether it’s just a few fillings, a root canal, or a wisdom tooth removal, IV sedation is an option! A quick health history review with your dentist will determine if you are a candidate or not (and most people are!) Don’t put your dental care off any longer…ask your dentist about IV sedation the next time you need treatment.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman


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