IV sedation is one of the most practical and safest sedation techniques. It is beneficial for patients with great dental anxiety or those about to undergo a complex dental procedure. IV sedation helps calm nerves and keeps patients relaxed. At Brightworks Dentistry, our team of professionals understands dental work can be a bit frightening. Still, by providing IV sedation, we can put you at ease and make your experience much less tense and more relaxing.
What Is IV Sedation?
IV Sedation is directed into the bloodstream through a small intravenous line into your arm or hand. This sedation method is most often used on patients with excessive dental anxiety or for those undergoing extensive, complicated dental procedures. IV sedation can provide complete relaxation mentally and physically. It is also helpful for people facing sensitive gag reflexes, who find it challenging to sit still or need multiple procedures accomplished in a single appointment.
Who Would Need IV Sedation?
IV sedation is ideal even for patients having a natural fear of needles. If you are concerned about the needle used to place the tube in your vein, we can apply a topical lotion to numb the site before inserting the tube. IV sedation is also helpful if:
- Other forms of sedation have not worked effectively
- You are undergoing multiple procedures simultaneously
- You are in good overall health
- You suffer from extreme dental anxiety
How Should You Prepare for IV Sedation?
We recommend that you avoid foods and drinks at least eight hours before your dental procedure. You will also be required to arrange for a companion to accompany you to your dental appointment. This is necessary as it will take some time for the sedation effects to wear off completely. In addition, it might also be essential to stop taking certain medications before receiving IV sedation. All these instructions will be given to you when you schedule your procedure.
How Does IV Sedation Work?
A small needle is utilized to insert a tube into the vein either on your arm or hand when you arrive for your procedure. The sedation medicine will flow directly into your bloodstream, and the IV will remain in your vein throughout your dental procedure or procedures. While under the sedative’s soothing effects, you can expect our team to closely monitor your oxygen and pulse to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction or problems with the sedation. Patients undertaking IV sedation can expect to feel nothing after the procedure, nor will they remember much.
If you are interested in learning more about IV sedation, call Brightworks Dentistry in Dunwoody, GA 30338 at (770) 458-3600 and schedule an appointment.