Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation, is when anti-anxiety medication is administered directly into the bloodstream during your treatment. This form of sedation allows Dr. Miranda to continually monitor the flow of the drug while making sure you are feeling exactly how you should be. IV sedation is used for longer treatments such as wisdom teeth extractions or for those who suffer from extreme dental anxiety. IV sedation is a safe and very effective method that is used in dental practices worldwide.
IV sedation is widely considered as “Sleep Dentistry” or “Twilight Sedation” because of the way it makes the patient feel. Those common terms are a little deceptive though, because IV sedation doesn’t actually make you fall asleep. Even though you aren’t actually sleeping, most patients are so relaxed that they are completely unaware and don’t actually remember anything after the procedure is through, giving the allusion of being asleep. When the IV sedation is administered you will feel pleasantly lightheaded for a few seconds, and then you’ll “wake up” all done and be ready to go home!
Is IV Sedation Safe?
IV sedation is an extremely safe form of administering sedation. It is safer than oral sedation and in fact, the goal is to use as little medication as possible to achieve the treatment. The constant “drip” through the intravenous tube will be monitored at all times during the procedure and if necessary, an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medication.
Fear of the dentist is a very real thing. Studies show that most people have experienced some sort of dental anxiety in their lives; for some the fear is even debilitating. Many people put off coming to the dentist because of this fear, causing their oral health to suffer. IV sedation will put dentistry in a completely different light for those with dental phobias.
Let us know if you have a fear of the dental chair and we can use IV sedation to calm your nerves. Dr. Miranda and her team will treat you with gentleness the whole time you are here, and the IV sedation will have you feeling pleasantly unconcerned while she is preforming her treatment. You’ll “wake up” when your treatment is through, without any recollection of the procedure. IV sedation will allow you to conquer you fear of the dentist!