About IV Conscious Sedation:
At Inspired Dental, we offer sedation dentistry to create a more pleasant and positive experience by reducing anxiety and improving the pain control usually associated with dental treatment. It can help those who have a fear of dentistry or have experienced past trauma associated with dentistry. The effects of the medication will help you be relaxed, sedated, and comfortable but NOT asleep. Patients will have little to no memory of the procedure because of the amnestic effects of the medications. While under sedation, the patient is able to respond to light physical touch and verbal commands. Because patients are “semi-awake,” medical assistance is not needed to maintain adequate breathing and heart function.
There are several different sedation options available to you and they differ in ways of administration, predictability, depth of sedation, and cost. There are four choices for sedation used in dentistry:
These options can be offered and combined in various ways based on the patient’s medical status and to meet each individual’s needs.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry:
What Procedures Can Be Done with IV Conscious Sedation?
Sedation can be valuable to patients even if you don’t suffer from dental anxiety. It can be combined with any dental procedure from a dental exam or cleaning to more invasive procedures like surgery.
– Patients who suffer from a strong gag reflex benefit from sedation because it helps them feel comfortable during the procedure or when taking dental x-rays.
– Patients who are restless, unable to sit in the dental chair for long periods of time, and require a lot of dental work, can be much more comfortable with sedation. It also allows for fewer dental appointments and provides a calmer experience.
Since sedation can be combined with anesthesia, it will ensure that you remain free of pain during any procedure.
Is IV Conscious Sedation Safe?
Most patients typically don’t have any trouble with IV sedation. Prior to starting dental treatment with sedation, we will review your medical history to ensure that this option is safe for your needs. During the treatment, the patient is monitored closely.
What is Required When Undergoing Sedation?
If it is determined that you are a candidate to undergo sedation, begin hydrating the day prior to your appointment to help with starting the IV. 8 hours of fasting will be required prior to the procedure time. No solid food during this period. Clear fluids are permitted up until 2 hours prior to your appointment. At the 2-hour mark, absolutely no food or liquid, including water, is allowed. A responsible caretaker will also be required to escort patients to and from the procedure and monitor the patient for at least 6 hours after dismissal since the patient will be groggy for the rest of the day.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Pham or Dr. Marquez for a comprehensive discussion to determine which option is best for you! We are here to help you get the dental treatment you need, as comfortably as possible. Give our office a call today if you have any additional questions about IV conscious sedation. We are happy to help and answer any questions.