Is IV Sedation Right for You?
If you are interested in undergoing IV sedation during your appointment with us, a separate consultation is needed to review your medical history. In addition, patients will need to have a friend, spouse, or other family member drive them home and care for them following oral surgery with IV sedation.
Is this Method Safe?
When administered by a professional who monitors your vital signs throughout treatment, IV sedation is safe. According to a seven-year study that was published in the Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, less than three percent of patients experience complications with this method.
IV Sedation vs. Other Anesthetic Options
The IV method provides you with a deeper sense of relaxation than conscious sedation with nitrous oxide or an oral sedative. It not only helps you relax, but makes it easier for your doctor to operate. Additionally, any memories of treatment will be mostly or completely forgotten.
Nitrous oxide or the use of an oral sedative may be better suited to patients undergoing simple dental exams and cleaning. When it comes to more extensive dentistry work or oral surgery, though, the IV method is often the better option. It is a lighter option than general anesthesia, but will still leave you completely comfortable during your dental care appointment.