IV Sedation Is Safe, Quick and Painless12 Nov, 2015
IV Sedation Is Safe, Quick and Painless
IV sedation basically means administering the sedation through the veins. IV stands for intra-venous. There are some dental procedures that require the patient to be sedated. This can be done two ways - either through general anesthesia or through IV sedation medication. Most dentists and even patients prefer IV sedation over general for several reasons.
IV Sedation vs. General Anesthesia
Though the result is the same, both procedures are quite different. With general anesthesia you inhale the sedation gas through a mask whereas with the intravenous sedation medication is administered with an injection through the veins.
General anesthesia causes complete unconsciousness where you are not aware of anything around you whereas when you receive IV sedation, you are aware of what'd going on and can even respond to the dentist's visual clues. With both methods, you do not feel any pain at all.
One of the reasons why dentists prefer the IV method is that it allows them to monitor the situation more closely and adjust the levels depending on the patient's pulse, oxygen levels and blood pressure.
What Happens in IV Sedation
If you and your dentist have decided on IV sedation there are a few things that will happen. First your dentist will ask you several questions to determine your entire medical history, complete with any incidences of allergies, heart problems, diabetes or other conditions. Accordingly you will be evaluated for the procedure depending on whether you are on any kind of medication that could potentially react with the sedation medication.
Once the date and time are set for the procedure, you should make sure that you do not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before the scheduled time as the sedation medication can make you feel nauseous. Another thing you need to do is take someone along with you as you will feel groggy after the procedure and will need someone to drive you home.
Your dentist will administer the medication with an injection to the inner side of your elbow. Almost immediately you will begin to feel relaxed and all of your facial muscles will start to relax too. During the procedure you will be partially aware of what's going on and can hear and answer the dentist's questions but you will not feel any pain. After the procedure is done and you are taken off the sedation medication, you may feel a little groggy for a while but that will ease off quickly and you will be allowed to go home. However, it is advisable to have somebody else drive you home as it does take a while for the effects to wear off completely.
IV sedation is safe, quick and painless and is the preferred method today for most dental procedures where sedation is required. To know more about what it entails and other details, call Midtown Dental today. Also, check out our new page on IV Sedation Dentistry.