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What Is IV Sedation in Dentistry?

Lots of people who struggle with severe dental anxiety choose to get through treatment with the help of IV sedation.

Many dental offices are equipped to provide a sedation experience through an intravenous flow of safe sedative drugs. Often, a dental anesthesiologist works with the dentist. But many dentists become qualified themselves to provide IV sedation by taking rigid accreditation training.

How IV Sedation Works

A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the back of the hand. The IV solution contains the medication that puts you under moderate sedation. You won’t be completely “knocked out” and neither will you be asleep. Instead, the drug works in two ways:

  • Reducing your sensitivity to pain and discomfort
  • Producing a kind of amnesia so that you don’t remember anything that happened

In addition to IV sedation, you will still need local anesthetic to numb the area the dentist is working on. The professional controlling the sedative will monitor your vital signs and adjust the amount dripping into your body, according to your need.

What To Expect With IV Sedation

The strange part is that during the procedure you will be able to answer questions and respond to directions. For example, the dentist may ask whether you can feel anything after getting a shot. You’ll answer, but it’s going to feel like it didn’t happen because you don’t remember it!

Is IV Dental Sedation Right For You?

Visit your dentist to find out which kind of dental sedation will help make your next appointment a restful one. If IV sedation isn’t available near you, your dentist may still offer an alternative that can keep you just as comfortable.

Posted on behalf of:
Town Center Dental
1110 State Route 55, Suite 107
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 486-4572


What Is Conscious Sedation?

Have you heard about the use of conscious sedation in dentistry? If you struggle with dental anxiety or have a lengthy dental procedure coming up, then sedation could really boost the comfort-level of your appointment.

What can you expect with conscious sedation, and how is it done? Getting some answers can help ease your mind before your next treatment session.

Medication for Sedation

Conscious sedation is typically a prescription medication that’s a combination of an anesthetic and a sedative. This medication is usually oral, and you will be directed to take it at a specific time in advance of your procedure.

What You May Experience

You don’t need to worry that you’ll be out cold! Under conscious sedation, you will still be awake. You will feel drowsy, but relaxed. You should be able to answer questions and respond to direction even during the procedure. The sedation will help you to neither feel nor care about things like drilling and shots of local anesthetic.

Most patients feel like they just woke up from a nap after a sedation appointment. You will probably only remember bits and pieces of your procedure. It should feel just like a dream that passed by quickly!

Sedation Considerations

You will be carefully monitored during your procedure for any unusual reactions, but some precautions must be taken. Prepare for your sedation appointment by:

  • Discussing your current medications and sedation options with your doctor
  • Having a friend or family member ready to drive you home afterwards
  • Arriving on-time for your appointment
  • Following the dentist’s directions for pre- and post-procedure care

Contact your dentist before your next scheduled procedure to discuss your sedation options. With sedation, you can experience a lot more satisfaction with your dental care!

Posted on behalf of:
Pristine Dental
555 Providence Hwy #2
Walpole, MA 02081
(508) 734-7056

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