What Is IV Dental Sedation?

What Is IV Dental Sedation?

Posted by Armitage Dental on Dec 17 2021, 07:07 AM

IV sedation induces a deeper state of relaxation in patients undergoing dental treatment. This is a typical form of sedation for people who have a significant fear of the dentist. Our highly skilled dental team at Armitage Dental in Phoenix, AZ, is committed to patient comfort and safety and will guarantee that your IV sedation is provided correctly and successfully.

What Is Intravenous Sedation?

Intravenous (IV) sedation is the injection of an anti-anxiety medicine directly into your bloodstream during your dental operation. IV sedation dentistry is sometimes known as 'twilight' or 'sleep' dentistry. Instead of putting you to sleep, the sedative helps you relax and feel at ease. While you will be able to answer questions from the dentist, your treatment will be fuzzy until the anesthesia wears off.

How Does Intravenous Sedation Work?

The dentist will insert a small needle into a vein on your hand or arm during your dental treatment. The needle is attached to an intravenous catheter, which directs the sedative into the bloodstream. If you are afraid of needles, a numbing lotion can be put on the area that will be punctured by the needle. While some patients may be able to keep the IV in place for the entire duration, others may not be able to. In this situation, the medicine is given and the needle is removed.
To ensure that you do not have a negative reaction to the sedative, the doctor will constantly monitor your pulse and oxygen levels. Your blood pressure will be measured both before and after the surgery.

Is IV Sedation a Good Option for You?

The following people are typically appropriate candidates for IV sedation:
  • Those who suffer from moderate to severe dental anxiety
  • Those who require more invasive dental procedures
  • People who have a strong gag reflex
  • Those that require more extensive or multiple procedures
Finally, your dentist will be the best judge of whether IV sedation is appropriate for you. 

What Are the Benefits of IV Sedation?

Deeper Sedation:IV sedation produces a deeper level of sedation than oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide.
Fast-Acting:Because sedative medications are administered intravenously, they reach the brain fast and take effect, usually within a few seconds.
Quick Recovery:Recovery from IV sedation is often faster than recovery from oral sedation.
Appropriate for Dental Phobic Patients:Because IV sedation achieves deeper sedative levels, patients with dental anxiety can get necessary dental treatments.
Contact Armitage Dental in Phoenix, AZ, for the best dental care. To book an appointment, call (623) 872-8686 or visit 10265 W Camelback Rd STE 140, Phoenix, AZ 85037.

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