Choosing IV Sedation for Your Dental Procedure
If the thought of scheduling an appointment at the dentist makes you feel anxious and uncomfortable, you’re far from alone. Many adults not only fear dental procedures but also go so far as to avoid receiving the important dental care they need for a healthy future. At Dental Concepts & Orthodontics, we fully understand you may be nervous to visit us, so we do everything we can to create a welcoming and relaxing experience with our office environment, friendly staff, and advanced medication and sedation options.
How IV Sedation Works
IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, can give you the peace of mind you need to face your oral or facial surgery procedures with confidence. You’ll receive sedating medication delivered directly into your bloodstream via an intravenous drip. As you enter a twilight sleep, you’ll experience feelings of intense calm and relaxation. You can still respond to questions during your procedure, but you likely won’t remember anything about your procedure after you emerge from sedation.
What to Expect During And After A Procedure Using IV Sedation
We’ll monitor you throughout your IV sedation procedure, much the same way patients are monitored in a hospital setting. In addition to sedating medications, your doctor will administer medications through the IV to reduce swelling and prevent nausea. We’ll also administer local anesthetic to keep the surgical area numb following your procedure.
You won’t be able to drive after your procedure with IV sedation, so please have a friend or family member accompany you to your appointment and remain in our waiting room to take you home. Following your procedure, you’ll recover in our surgical recovery area, where we will continue to monitor you. As your ally, we’ll make sure each step of the process is safe, comfortable, and as easy as possible.
Expect to recover at home for at least 24 hours immediately following your procedure with IV sedation. Our team will provide you with instructions regarding the types of activities from which to refrain, as well as what to expect during your recovery period.