IV sedation is a form of sedation dentistry that helps our oral surgeon improve a patient’s level of care and comfort. Sedation dentistry is not a new practice; in fact, dental professionals have been using sedatives for centuries – especially when it comes to providing surgical and complex care. Since we only utilize FDA approved drugs in a very controlled setting, receiving IV sedation is safe and effective. The side effects of this medication include drowsiness and motor function impairment. Since IV sedation can have lasting effects, patients must have transportation that can stay at the office for the whole surgery time. No patients that are being sedated can be dropped off and left at the office, we need a responsible party at all times. If the patient is under the age of 18 they must have a legal guardian (if not the parent, we must have guardianship paperwork) present at all times.
Benefits of IV sedation
Intravenous sedation is beneficial for many reasons, primarily because it greatly reduces discomfort and uneasiness. In fact, receiving IV sedation means that patients feel very little, if any, discomfort during treatment and often have no recollection of their procedures. This is especially useful for those who have phobias of dental or surgical treatment as they will not have any negative memories of time spent in surgery. Additionally, sedatives help keep a patient still and at ease, which allows our oral surgeon to work without obstruction. Since oral and maxillofacial procedures require great attention to detail and precision, a still and restful patient is ideal for our team.
This form of sedation is safe. Our teams has advanced cardiac and life support training and we constantly monitor our patients’ vitals during treatment to ensure the safest experience possible. Controlling the level of medication is very accurate when administered intravenously, too. During treatment, the dosage is adjustable.