IV sedation is a type of anesthesia that is offered in some dental offices. It provides a deeper level of sedation than most options that you will find at the dentist but it does not put you completely under. You may not have been exposed to IV sedation in the past because it is not offered at all dental offices. If you want to learn more about IV sedation, keep reading to find the answers to commonly asked questions.
Who can benefit from IV sedation anesthesia?
There are several types of dental patients that can benefit from IV sedation anesthesia. Patients who are fearful of going to the dentist can benefit from IV sedation. It can help a fearful patient feel calm and relaxed during his or her time in the dental chair. IV sedation can also help calm dental patients who struggle with anxiety. The third type of person who can benefit from IV sedation is someone who needs a significant amount of dental work. With the help of IV sedation, a dentist can complete years’ worth of dental work on a patient in as little as one or two appointments. If you struggle with fear of the dentist, anxiety, or need extensive dental work, you can benefit from IV sedation anesthesia.
How is IV sedation administered?
IV sedation is administered intravenously, as the name suggests. It is administered in the dental office by an anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist actively monitors the patient while under IV sedation and adjusts the level of anesthesia as needed. The active monitoring by the anesthesiologist is one of the factors that make it possible to get extensive dental work completed with only one or two appointments.
Where can I find a dentist who offers IV sedation?
As mentioned previously, IV sedation anesthesia is not offered at all dental offices. Having the necessary equipment and an anesthesiologist available takes a high level of commitment. Many dental offices simply cannot get all of the necessary elements in place to offer IV sedation. You will have to take some time to explore the dental offices in your area in order to find one that offers IV sedation. Fortunately, a quick search online and a follow-up phone call can give you all of the information that you need. If you are in the Gettysburg, PA area, you can get IV sedation anesthesia at Samuels Dental Arts.
IV sedation has helped many patients who previously avoided the dentist get the dental care they need. If you have been avoiding the dentist – for any reason – consider the option of IV sedation to get you back on track with your dental care. If you have additional questions about IV sedation, schedule a consultation with one of the dentists at Samuels Dental Arts to get those questions answered and determine if it is a good option for you.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.