IV sedation uses prescription-strength medication to help you relax while receiving oral health care. Instead of taking the medication orally, IV sedation administers medicine directly into a vein. That allows the medicine to bypass your digestive system, resulting in greater uptake by your cells.
IV sedation takes several hours to wear off. As a result, you’ll need to have a friend or a family member drive you home after your appointment.
At Fair Lakes Family Dentistry, the team uses IV sedation to help people who experience extreme dental anxiety or have a dental phobia. You might also benefit from IV sedation if you:
Fair Lakes Family Dentistry also offers IV sedation to people with a sensitive gag reflex.
No. To administer IV sedation, a dentist must complete a program from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) in deep sedation and general anesthesia. The team at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry are some of only a few providers in the area with this type of training and expertise.
IV sedation is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it can present risks. During your first visit, let your Fair Lakes Family Dentistry provider know about any medications, vitamins, or supplements you regularly take.
In addition, alert them to any underlying medical conditions you have, like kidney disease or diabetes. These and other issues won’t keep you from undergoing IV sedation, but they may increase the risk of complications.
At Fair Lakes Family Dentistry, the team performs IV sedation on-site. At the beginning of your appointment, your provider swabs your skin with an antiseptic solution and gently inserts an IV needle into a vein in your arm.
The needle is attached to a tube that connects to an IV bag with medication. The medication enters your bloodstream, causing you to feel drowsy and relaxed. Your Fair Lakes Family Dentistry provider adjusts the amount of medication you receive throughout treatment, ensuring your comfort.
Once the procedure is complete, you’re moved to a recovery room for observation. About half an hour later, a friend or family member can drive you home.
To learn more about the benefits of IV sedation, make an appointment at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.