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IV Sedation

IV Sedation

Sedation is used in dentistry to help patients relax and remain comfortable during dental treatment or procedures. At DDS Associates, we have an anesthesiologist administer sedation to our patients. Here are some frequently asked questions we often receive about IV sedation:

How is IV sedation administered?

IV sedation is administered through the veins with an extremely thin need. This method allows the dentist to continually monitor and adjust the level of sedation. Throughout the procedure, your pulse and oxygen levels will be monitored using a pulse oximeter – a gadget that clips onto a finger or earlobe to measure pulse and oxygen saturation. If will give off a warning sigh if you’re getting low on oxygen. However, your anesthesiologist will be continuously be paying attention to these levels so that this does not happen.

If I’m afraid of needles, can I still get IV sedation?

Fear of needles is not uncommon, however, the initial sensation is only a small prick or pinch. Once the medication has kicked in, the dentist can begin treatment.

Will I be asleep during IV sedation? What does it feel like?

During IV sedation, you will remain conscious and be able to understand and respond to request from your dentist. However, you may remember little to nothing about the procedure you are undergoing. Why? In most people, IV sedation incudes a state of deep relaxation. Also, the medication used for IV sedation can produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time that the medication is being administered. As a result, time will appear to pass quickly and you will not remember much of what happened during treatment.

Is IV sedation safe?

There are always risks when being put under anesthesia, but under the supervision of an anesthesiologist, IV sedation is extremely safe. After the procedure you may feel a little groggy, but this dizzy feeling will wear off.

What are the benefit of IV sedation?

The main benefit of IV sedation is that you will feel relaxed and comfortable during the entirety of the procedure. Because the medication allows you to fall into a deep, relaxed state you won’t be aware of the treatment. Dental treatments under IV sedation can also be performed much faster and in less appointments.