IV Sedation

Whether you experience dental anxiety or need oral surgery, IV sedation can be important for reducing negative feelings and suppressing pain.

Learn about the advantages that IV sedation offers.

Dentist checking IV

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Method of Anesthesia

Description of Technique

Usual Indications

Local Anesthetic

The patient remains totally conscious throughout the procedure. A local anesthetic (e.g., lidocaine) is administered in the area where the surgery is to be performed. Local anesthetic is used in conjunction with the other methods of anesthesia in all oral surgery procedures.

Dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, root canals, minor soft tissue procedures, and simple tooth extractions.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation with Local Anesthetic

A mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen is administered through a nasal breathing apparatus. The patient remains conscious in a relaxed condition. Nitrous oxide has a sedative and analgesic (pain-controlling) effect.

Simple oral surgery procedures to more involved procedures such as removal of wisdom teeth and placement of dental implants, or any dental procedure in which the patient would like to feel more relaxed.

Office-Based General Anesthesia with Local Anesthetic* (Sleep Dentistry)

Medications are administered through an intravenous line (I.V.). The patient falls asleep and is completely unaware of the procedure being performed. Medications most commonly used are Fentanyl (opiate), Versed (benzodiazepine), Ketamine, and Diprivan. Supplemental oxygen is delivered through a nasal breathing apparatus, and the patient’s vital signs are closely monitored.

General anesthesia is available for all types of oral surgery. Patients may choose general anesthesia for simple procedures depending on their level of anxiety. Most people having their wisdom teeth removed or having a dental implant placed will choose general anesthesia. General anesthesia may be necessary if local anesthesia fails to anesthetize the surgical site which often occurs in the presence of infection.

Hospital or Surgery Center-Based General Anesthesia

A patient is admitted to a hospital or surgery center where anesthesia is administered by an anesthesiologist.

Indicated for patients undergoing extensive procedures such as face and jaw reconstruction or TMJ surgery. Also indicated for patients with medical conditions such as heart or lung disease who require general anesthesia.

IV Sedation Benefits

  • Improve Oral Health – Regular dental visits are an essential part of any oral care routine, but some patients are concerned by the level of discomfort they might experience at a dental office. Sedation means you’ll rest easy while we perform cleanings and other protective dentistry procedures.
  • Spend Less on Treatment – Some patients skip out on dental care because of their anxiety, but in the long run, this can lead to oral health problems that are more difficult and expensive to treat. IV sedation allows us to provide you with the care you need, which in turn reduces the amount of problems you might otherwise experience.
  • Go to Fewer Appointments – If you find it difficult to sit in the chair while your dentist works, IV sedation could be the perfect solution. It helps you stay relaxed in the seat and allows the dentist to provide any necessary care in an effective fashion. This means you don’t need to spend as much time in the chair and can even reduce the number of appointments you would otherwise need.

how it works

If you qualify for IV sedation, our anesthesiologist will supply the sedation intravenously. Within minutes, this sedation will relax you. It will suppress discomfort, and you are unlikely to have any memory of the procedure.

That said, you will not be unconscious: you will be able to respond to instructions. The anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout the procedure to ensure your safety.

You should not operate a vehicle after the procedure. We also recommend against drinking or engaging in significant physical activity. Getting enough sleep will help you feel better. Once 24 hours have passed, you can resume activity as normal.

We Always Prioritize Patient Comfort

At Ferber Dental Group, we understand that your comfort in our office is essential for ensuring you come back for regularly scheduled appointments. That’s why we always endeavor to make our office a warm, comforting environment.

If you think sedation might be necessary for your comfort, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Why Anxious Patients Benefit from IV Sedation

Depending on the study you look at, anywhere from 50-80% of adults experience dental anxiety. 20+% of those patients miss regular appointments because of this anxiety.

IV sedation’s ability to calm nerves is essential for helping anxious patients protect their oral health.

What If You Don’t Have Dental Anxiety?

Even if you don’t have dental anxiety, IV sedation can be beneficial. It’s useful for patients who need oral surgery, or who plan to have multiple treatments within the same appointment. It’s also useful if you:

  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Respond poorly to other numbing techniques
  • Experience gum or tooth sensitivity

Who Qualifies for IV Sedation?

There are some patients who are not good candidates for IV sedation. Heart and liver disease can increase the likelihood of complications. We also discourage sedation if you are pregnant or nursing.

If you are undergoing multiple procedures during the same appointment, you may be a better candidate for general sedation. All of this will be discussed during your initial consultation with us.

Wondering If You Qualify for IV Sedation?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re always happy to ensure patient comfort.

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