According to dental surveys, over 60% of all Americans suffer from some form of dental anxiety, the number one factor being pain associated with dental surgeries. At JP Dental & Implant Center, we can help calm your anxiety with the use of IV or intravenous sedation.
What Does IV Sedation Involve?
IV sedation, also known as sleep sedation, is a moderate dental sedation method that is used during moderately-invasive dental procedures like dental implant surgeries. The sedative is administered intravenously through your hand and offers a deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide.
Before the procedure, we will advise you not to eat or drink anything at least eight hours before the procedure. The most common type of IV sedation drugs used are Diazepam and Midazolam and we may also add painkillers to your IV sedation, particularly for cases when post-surgical pain may be severe.
Although it is known as sleep sedation, it, in fact, does not put you to sleep. You will instead enter a calm and relaxing state which can lull you to sleep. You may also not be able to remember much of what happened during the treatment. However, you will still be able to understand any instructions we give you and move if you want.
During the operation, we will keep an eye on your blood oxygen levels and blood pressure to make sure you do not suffer any ill effects from the sedation.
Because of the stronger level of sedation, you will still feel groggy after a while when you are off the drug and cannot drive yourself home. Instead, you should be accompanied by a responsible adult who can take you home.
We will also give you instructions on what to do a few hours after the surgery when you are waiting for the effects of the sedation to wear off.
Candidates for IV Sedation
People who have good overall health may be qualified for IV sedation. This sedation is a good option for:
We may not advise this form of sedation for certain people, including:
IV sedation is a safe and effective sedation option and can help you feel comfortable and anxiety-free during a dental surgery. If you have dental issues, call us at (970) 822-7622 today to schedule an appointment with us. We will determine the state of your teeth and let you know if you need dental surgery or whether the problem may be solved with a less-invasive method.