Why Have IV Sedation During Dental Procedures?

Posted by Dr. Soto Dec 18, 2020

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If you’ve ever felt anxious about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. For many people, a visit to the dentist’s office can trigger varying degrees of fear and anxiety. In extreme cases, they don’t schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings, only seeking dental care if an emergency takes place.

For patients with dental phobia or anxiety, your dentist may recommend that you have IV (intravenous) sedation during every appointment – even regular checkups and cleanings. IV sedation is a pharmacological intervention whereby a mild sedative is administered intravenously through your arm, and you remain partially awake through it all. Once the IV is removed, you will awaken fully.

Let’s talk about some of the main reasons why you should consider IV sedation for your future dental visits, and where you can go to receive this convenient dental service:

IV Sedation Eliminates Fear and Keeps You Relaxed

During IV sedation, you will remain conscious and aware but at ease. You will be able to hear and see everything, but it will not bother you. This is why it is such an ideal solution for people who have an aversion to seeing the dentist, because it actually becomes a 

Milder than General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a more potent form of sedation that uses intravenous drugs and inhaled gases to put you to sleep. Under general anesthesia, you are completely unconscious, unlike the milder IV sedation that dentists use. Because dental sedation is so mild, a dentist does not need to have an anesthesiologist to assist with the sedative as surgeons do.

Calms Down Patients with Physical or Behavioral Challenges

IV sedation is ideal for patients who have physical issues or behavioral disorders where a relaxing agent may be necessary to complete dental treatment safely. These include but are not limited to individuals who have:

  • Heightened gag reflex
  • Overwhelming tooth sensitivity
  • Behavioral outbursts 

IV sedation can be used during dental treatment of children who exhibit uncooperative behavior or do not have the cognitive abilities to fully understand the procedure. Dental sedation in children is often performed to relieve pain, soothe anxiety, and modify behavior. 

IV Sedation Dentist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you would like to explore IV sedation for your dental appointments, visit the Dental Office of Dr. Ernie Soto. Dr. Soto has many years of experience performing dental procedures of all kinds under IV sedation, including general dentistry procedures and even regular cleanings. Take a look at his glowing online reviews from many, many happy clients.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment at our office in Plantation, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (954) 368-6264 or by filling out our online appointment request form now. We offer special financing with low-cost monthly plans through CareCredit® and LendingUSA. Allow us to give you a pleasant and pain-free dental experience!


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