Why Might I Need IV Sedation?
Common Reasons for Sedation
The most common reason patients consider IV sedation is because of anxiety about a dental procedure. If you suffer from dental anxiety or are just nervous about an upcoming oral surgery, for example, you can request sedation to stay relaxed and comfortable. IV sedation can also be useful if you have a strong gag reflex which may make it hard to operate on your mouth. It is also useful if you are going through a long, complex procedure and may have trouble staying still. Some patients also choose to be sedated simply so they can feel more at ease throughout their visit.
What Are My Other Options?
Nitrous Oxide & Oral Conscious Sedation
Minimal inhaled sedation uses a mask that delivers laughing gas to your lungs. This sedative helps reduce feelings of anxiety and eliminates pain. Because effects only last about 5 minutes after your procedure, you’ll be able to drive yourself home after treatment. This makes laughing gas a good option if you want to get back to your day-to-day routine after your appointment.
Oral conscious sedation taken in pill form rather than delivered through an IV. About an hour before your appointment, you’ll take the medication. Typically, patients will stay conscious throughout the procedure, though some still may forget most of what happens while they’re sedated. Like IV sedation, you will need to arrange for a ride home after your appointment.
We Can Help
At The Burkitt Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, our experienced, compassionate team will do everything possible to make sure you feel safe and comfortable during your procedure. With our wide variety of sedation options, we can help any patient feel relaxed and confident about their treatment plan.