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Do you fear going to the dentist?  Do you have an unusually strong gag reflex?  Do you avoid the dental care you need because of the anxiety you suffer at the thought of going to the dentist?  Then let us help you relax with IV Sedation Dentistry!

With sedation dentistry, medications are used to help patients stay relaxed throughout dental procedures. Sedation can also help to prevent pain and to reduce the ability to remember the procedure when it’s completed.

What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation involves administering a sedative through an IV, allowing the medication to work very quickly. Since it’s administered intravenously, the dentist is able to adjust the level of IV sedation as needed for the procedure. This makes it easy to tailor the amount of sedative used to the specific patient, reducing the risk of complications and side effects. While you’ll still be in a semi-awake state and you’ll probably be able to communicate with the dentist, most patients have little or even no memory of the procedure when IV sedation is used. IV sedation is often recommended by dentists for oral surgery procedures to make it easier to relax during stressful, long treatments, such as implant placements, wisdom tooth extractions, and other types of invasive dental treatments.

The Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry

Some of the benefits of IV sedation dentistry include:

  • Offers a Higher Level of Sedation – When compared to oral sedation or inhalation sedation, IV sedation offers a higher level of sedation.
  • Works Quickly – Since medications are administered intravenously, the medications begin to take effect quickly. Oral sedatives can take an hour or more to act.
  • Quick Recovery Times – Patients generally have a shorter recovery time with IV sedation than they do with oral sedation or general anesthesia.
  • Works for Severe Anxiety – Even patients dealing with severe anxiety can benefit from IV sedation, since it achieves a high level of sedation.
  • Amnesia – Amnesia is a common side effect of the medications used for IV sedation, so patients rarely remember the dental procedure.
  • Diminishes the Gag Reflex – For patients with a sensitive gag reflex, the IV sedation can help to suppress that reflex, making dental treatment easier.
  • Patients are Still Conscious – Patients stay conscious during this type of sedation, making it a great alterative to general anesthesia for patients who want to avoid the risk of complications that come with general anesthesia, the high costs, or for those who may not be healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia.

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