IV Sedation Dentistry: About, Preparing, Procedure

Posted by Dr. Soto Nov 13, 2020

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For many people, a routine visit to the dentist can be a cause of great anxiety. The idea of needles, drills, or discomfort can trigger fear to the point of avoiding dental treatment altogether, including simple cleanings.

Fortunately, IV sedation during dental procedures of any kind is possible today. Let’s talk about what is involved and how sedation dentistry can provide you a stress-free dental experience.

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

IV sedation dentistry refers to the use of very mild anesthesia which is administered intravenously. This treatment will put you in a relaxed state during your appointment, and you will be fully awakened when it’s over. You will remain semi-conscious during the procedure, and you will experience no pain or discomfort.

In addition to helping patients who have dental phobia, IV sedation may be considered for people with the following:

  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Anxiety about an oral health treatment
  • Any behavioral or physical challenges

Preparing for IV Sedation

Your dentist will first confirm whether you are a candidate for the procedure. They will review your medical history, which includes past surgical procedures and allergies, to avoid any complications that may arise from IV sedation.

What Happens During IV Sedation?

The dentist or a dental assistant will insert an IV line into a vein in your arm to administer the sedative. It’s much milder than general anesthesia, so there’s no need for an anesthesiologist.

During the procedure, you will be awake and aware but will feel very relaxed. You can still respond to a verbal command from your dentist and follow simple directions. Depending on the level of sedation your dentist uses, you may feel drowsy or fall asleep in the middle of the procedure.

Once the sedative kicks in, your dentist or dental hygienist will proceed with your cleaning or treatment. With IV sedation, it’s also possible for your dentist to complete multiple dental procedures in the same visit, including the following:

  • Full mouth reconstruction
  • Dental implants
  • Root canal
  • Cosmetic dental treatments
  • Crown or denture replacement
  • Fixing chipped or damaged teeth
  • Gum restoration

Once the IV is removed from your arm, the effects will wear off quickly. You’ll be surprised at how easy it was to get the smile and excellent oral health you’ve always wanted!

IV Sedation Dentistry in Plantation, Florida

Here at the dental office of Dr. Ernie Soto in Plantation, IV sedation is not limited to major dental work – it can also be used for routine dental visits and cleanings. If you’d like to be sedated for dental cleanings or nonsurgical procedures, just ask anyone on our team. Dr. Soto and our friendly staff will make sure you’re comfortable and that you leave our clinic with a bright, healthy smile.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at (954) 368-6264 or fill out our appointment request form online now. We offer special financing with low-cost monthly payment plans to our patients through CareCredit® and LendingUSA. We look forward to giving you a pleasant, pain-free dental experience!


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