IV sedation is a type of anesthesia that allows patients to relax during dental procedures. At Lagos Periodontics & Dental Implants, a sedative is injected through a vein in the hand or arm, and the patient rests comfortably. Patients are typically unaware of the treatment and can sleep throughout the visit. This type of sedation is ideal for patients who have anxiety about visiting the dentist. It is also helpful for patients with a strong gag reflex who have trouble keeping their mouths open during treatments. While it does cause drowsiness, patients are still conscious and responsive enough to breathe independently. The level of sedation can be customized depending on the patient’s preference and needs. Patients should discuss the benefits and risks of the treatment with their dentist before deciding if this is the right option for them.
Who is Eligible for IV Sedation?
Typically, adults over the age of 18 and who are healthy enough for oral surgery are eligible for IV sedation. However, there are some additional factors that your dentist will consider before recommending this technique. Your dentist will also consider your current medications when making this decision. Suppose you’ve had certain heart conditions in the past or are currently taking certain blood-thinning medications. In that case, you must consult your doctor before your procedure to determine whether you are a candidate.
Additionally, those who suffer from sleep apnea should not have an IV during the process. IV sedation is not suitable for children due to the risk of adverse side effects. Consultation with your dentist will determine the best sedation method for your child’s needs.
The Benefits of IV Sedation
Reduced Dental Anxiety
With IV sedation, patients feel completely relaxed throughout their procedure and often don’t even remember anything after they leave. This level of relaxation helps significantly decrease the possibility of any anxious feelings or concerns during future dental procedures.
Fewer Trips to the Dentist
If you experience severe anxiety or fear over going to the dentist, then IV sedation could be ideal for you! With IV sedation, you won’t feel pain or discomfort during your treatment, just a deep sense of relaxation and peace throughout your entire visit. Plus, you’ll also remember little to nothing of your procedure, so you won’t have to worry if you’re nervous about the sounds and smells typically associated with a dental office. Instead, you can peacefully rest through your appointment to receive the care you need!
Our team can perform light to moderate IV sedation with advanced monitoring technologies for patients with more complex needs. While every patient’s experience with sedation differs, most patients report experiencing little to no discomfort throughout the treatment and feel relaxed during the procedure. Additionally, you’ll have little or no memory of the process once you awaken from sedation. IV sedation is extremely safe when administered by a licensed professional in a fully accredited and equipped office setting.
Visit Lagos Periodontics & Dental Implants at 36945 Cook St Building I, suite 101, Palm Desert, CA 92211, or call (760) 568-3421 for the best dental care.