IV sedation is a great choice for patients who have dental anxiety or a strong gag reflex and need an additional service that will help them relax in the dental chair. It also works well for patients who are undergoing an extensive treatment, but it can be used in conjunction with any dental service, as it’s not just for oral surgery or restorative work. Dr. Sitaram has completed advanced training in IV sedation, and he is certified to administer safe and effective IV sedation in-office.
IV Sedation Benefits
IV sedation begins working quickly, as the sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream, and you won’t feel any pain during your treatment. IV sedation can prevent the formation of memories during the appointment, so it is perfectly normal to leave the dental office with very little to no memory of your visit. However, IV sedation won’t make you feel loopy or cause you to say anything embarrassing like other sedatives. Most patients feel groggy, sleepy, or like they are in a dream. Our team constantly monitors the patient’s vitals and can adjust the amount of sedative that is released as needed.
IV Sedation a Safe Alternative
IV sedation does not render the patient unconscious, which makes it a safer alternative to general anesthesia. Even though the patient’s reflexes are slowed, and they are less aware of their surroundings during treatment, they are still aware enough to comprehend questions and provide responses. Some patients become so relaxed during their treatments that they end up falling asleep for a little while, but they can usually be awoken by someone saying their name or giving them a gentle shake.
After a dental visit that uses IV sedation, patients will want to plan to have a lowkey afternoon or evening. We recommend going straight home and either sleeping or doing a quiet activity like watching a movie or reading while the sedative wears off. Patients cannot drive themselves home and must have a friend or family member wait in the lobby to give them a ride home after their procedure. Patients should avoid driving for the next 24 hours, and they should abstain from strenuous activity and alcohol consumption as well.
If you have any questions or concerns following an appointment that utilizes IV sedation, please do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable team.If you’re interested in learning more about IV sedation, please contact us today to set up a consultation!