3 Myths About IV Sedation Dentistry

Patient Under Sedation in Dentist Chair Dunwoody GA Sedation dentistry is one of the most valued solutions in dental care, as it allows certain patients to receive dental care that they would otherwise be too fearful or anxious to attempt. Sedation dentistry typically comes in three broad forms: Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), Oral Conscious Sedation (a sedative pill) or IV Sedation. Not every dental office is equipped to offer IV sedation, the most advanced method of relaxing and calming a patient during a dental procedure.

Unfortunately, the term “IV sedation” can be misunderstood. Many patients do not have a full understanding about what IV sedation is and what it is not.  Here are some truths and myths surrounding IV sedation so that you can learn if its right for you or someone in your family.

What Is IV Sedation?

IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, involves the slow release of a light sedative into the bloodstream of a patient in order to calm their anxiety while they are in the dental chair. Local anesthetics are used to numb the oral pain, but the sedative allows the patient to fully relax during their procedure. IV sedation is best for moderate to severe anxiety, and can also be beneficial for patients with physical or mental limitations who are not able to sit still during longer periods of time. It is ideal for those who need complex or lengthy dental work in one appointment.

In general, IV sedation allows the patient to remain awake but mostly unaware of his or her surroundings. It can also be monitored and adjusted by trained professionals at all times. Lastly, IV sedation must be administered by a dentist that has undergone additional training and licensure to safely provide this level of sedation.

What IV Sedation Is Not

Now it’s time to debunk the myths surrounding IV sedation.

  • IV sedation does NOT involve being “put to sleep.”
  • IV sedation does NOT have to be administered in a hospital setting
  • IV sedation is NOT only used for oral surgery

Ready to learn more about IV sedation from a qualified dentist who cares about your wellbeing and state of mind while in the dental chair? Call Pure Dental Health. Beyond our IV sedation certification, our office offers spa-like amenities and minimally-invasive dental technology to promote a comfortable and relaxed experience at the dentist.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott

Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

FAQs About IV Sedation Dentistry

Woman in Dental Chair Under Sedation Atlanta GA If you have a fear of the dentist or have ever had to have a lengthy dental procedure, you may already be familiar with the term sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is used to help patients relax in the dental chair. There are many forms of sedation dentistry, however, and not every dentist is equipped to offer them all.

What is IV sedation dentistry?

IV moderate sedation involves administering a sedative through your veins (or intravenously). This allows it to work quickly, and it also gives the dentist an easy way to adjust the level of sedation during treatment.

Does IV sedation put you to sleep?

This method of sedation does not put a patient to sleep. Instead, patients remain in a semi-awake state, or a “twilight sleep.” In most cases, you’ll have little to no memory of the procedure if you receive IV sedation.

When is IV sedation used?

IV sedation may be recommended in a variety of circumstances. It can be needed for patients that are severely anxious or fearful of the dentist and need more than nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help them relax. IV sedation is most commonly used for patients who are undergoing a more complex or lengthy dental procedure, such as dental implants, extraction or a full mouth reconstruction.

How is IV Conscious Sedation different than General Anesthesia?

It is important that patients understand the difference between general anesthesia and IV conscious sedation. While both may be administered through an IV, you will remain awake during IV conscious sedation but in a deep sleep with general anesthesia. In fact, patients cannot be aroused while under general anesthesia and will need support for breathing and vital sign monitoring.

IV conscious sedation allows patients to avoid discomfort, but remain in a safer “semi-awake state.” This is often all that is needed to reduce anxiety and provide a relaxing dental treatment. While under IV sedation, you can even respond to a verbal command or light physical touch and will not need oxygen or other breathing support.

Can Any Dentist Perform Sedation?

While most dentists now offer minimal or moderate sedation, such as nitrous oxide or oral sedation, only an elite percentage of dentists are qualified to administer more complex sedation techniques such as IV conscious sedation. At Pure Dental Health, we are proud to have a licensed IV sedation dentist on staff to ensure all patients have a comfortable and pleasant experience in the dental chair.

How Will I Feel After My Treatment?

Most patients feel surprisingly very good after having IV sedation. For your safety, however, we ask that you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home. You will not remember your procedure but should easily return to an awake/alert state of mind.

Have more questions about IV sedation from your dentist? We’d love to answer them. It can be a remarkable solution that enables patients to get the dental treatments they need and deserve.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642