Moderate IV Sedation involves a sedative that is administered intravenously, or directly into a vein. It is indicated when deeper sedation is required due to dental phobia or anxiety which makes it perfect for people with apprehension about any dental work needed. This type of sedation can be quickly modified to your state of consciousness and can be continued as long as necessary for the procedure.
The Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry
Some of the benefits of IV sedation dentistry include:
- Offers a Higher Level of Sedation – When compared to oral sedation or inhalation sedation, IV sedation offers a higher level of sedation.
- Works Quickly – Since medications are administered intravenously, the medications begin to take effect quickly. Oral sedatives can take an hour or more to act.
- Quick Recovery Times – Patients generally have a shorter recovery time with IV sedation than they do with oral sedation or general anesthesia.
- Works for Severe Anxiety – Even patients dealing with severe anxiety can benefit from IV sedation, since it achieves a high level of sedation.
- Amnesia – Amnesia is a common side effect of the medications used for IV sedation, so patients rarely remember the dental procedure.
- Diminishes the Gag Reflex – For patients with a sensitive gag reflex, the IV sedation can help to suppress that reflex, making dental treatment easier.
- Patients are Still Conscious – Patients stay conscious during this type of sedation, making it a great alternative to general anesthesia for patients who want to avoid the risk of complications that come with general anesthesia, the high costs, or for those who may not be healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia.
Determining if you are a candidate for IV Sedation will require a consultation. Dr Yoo will review your medical & dental history, examine your dental needs, and prescribe treatment as needed. If you are to receive treatment under IV sedation, it is very important that
- You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the sedation appointment.
- A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and then drive the patient home after the procedure.
- No smoking for at least 12 hours before the IV Sedation appointment.
- The patient should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours following the sedation appointment.
- The patient should not be left unattended after the IV Sedation procedure. An adult must remain with the patient.
- Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow.
- Contact lenses, jewelry, make-up, finger nail polish, and dentures must be removed prior to the sedation treatment.
- If you develop any illness prior to the sedation appointment, please call the office.
- If you take any routine medications, please check with one of our doctors at the evaluation appointment for instructions regarding the medications.