IV Anestesia / Sedation
We understand going in for a dental procedure is not always pleasant and many patients fear going to the dentist or avoid dental procedures because of anxiety. However, not getting the dental care you need, can have serious consequences. New sedation options are helping many patients to now successfully overcome fear, anxiety and discomfort.
IV sedation has many benefits, primarily it enables the medication to take affect very quickly. Because it’s administered intravenously, the dentist can adjust the level of IV sedation as needed for the procedure. This also makes it easy to tailor the amount of sedative used for each specific patient, reducing the risk of complications and side effects.
Best of all most patients feel calm and sleepy. They usually remain in a semi-awake state and are still able to communicate with the dentist, though most patients have little or even no memory of the procedure when IV sedation is used.
Though, many patients confuse IV sedation dentistry with general anesthesia, and there are some big differences between these two options.