How Does IV Sedation Work?

Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation, is a part of the dental sedation options we provide in our office. Patients with dental anxiety or a fear of the dentist benefit from sedation methods like IV sedation, which calm and relax patients for their procedures. Our dental office provides IV sedation to patients in Lexington, KY, to help patients receive the care they need.

How Does IV Sedation Work?

IV Sedation in Lexington, KY

Typically, dental offices need anesthesiologists to provide IV sedation. However, Dr. Chambers can provide IV sedation for her patients at Complete Dentistry for All Ages. She delivers anti-anxiety medication through an IV in your hand or arm. Dr. Chambers may also apply numbing cream if patients have a specific fear of needles to ensure that they do not feel anything. Once Dr. Chambers delivers the anti-anxiety medication, it will take moments for patients to feel relaxed, as the medication travels through the bloodstream. Other methods of sedation like oral conscious sedation take longer than IV sedation because of their delivery method.

Under IV sedation, patients will not feel any pain or anxiety. Instead, patients will feel calm and comfortable throughout their treatment. Patients may often not remember their treatment under this type of sedation, but they will remain conscious. IV sedation may be combined with other types of sedation and it is very safe. Dr. Chambers will check blood pressure throughout the treatment and can easily make adjustments to IV doses so patients are not over-sedated. After treatment with IV sedation, it will take time to wear off, so patients will need transportation from our office.

Is IV Sedation Right for Me?

We will recommend IV sedation for adults with a fear of the dentist, dental tools, or pain. IV sedation is also a great option for patients undergoing lengthy procedures like wisdom tooth extractions, implant surgery, or root canal treatment. Our team can perform multiple treatments during one visit while patients feel relaxed in the dental chair.

Young patients and pregnant patients may not be good candidates for IV sedation. We will often recommend nitrous oxide or anesthetic over IV sedation for young patients. IV sedation is also not recommended for pregnant women at any stage of their pregnancy, while other types of sedation like nitrous oxide may be more beneficial. While it may take some time for IV sedation to wear off, and patients will need to eat light meals after their treatment, IV sedation can be a great option for most healthy patients.

Do you have any questions about IV sedation or dental sedation in general? Contact Complete Dentistry for All Ages to learn more about IV sedation at 859-251-3809. You may also schedule a dental appointment with us online. We’re here to find the right sedation treatment to ensure your comfort.