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What Should I Expect from My First Experience with IV Sedation?

Posted by Peter Samuels on May 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM EDT

What Should I Expect from My First Experience with IV Sedation?

IV sedation dentistry can be life-changing if you fear going to the dentist. It can help you overcome your anxiety while in the dentist’s chair. In addition, you can get caught up on years’ worth of dental work in one or two visits with the help of IV sedation. This is all good news but until you have experienced IV sedation firsthand you may still experience some level of anxiety. Learning what to expect from your first experience with IV sedation can help ease much of the fear that comes from the unknown.

Expect to be monitored by an anesthesiologist

IV sedation is an anesthesia option that requires the involvement of an anesthesiologist. You will have the anesthesia administered to you through an IV. This is much different than general anesthesia because you will still be able to breathe, move, and respond to some commands on your own. But, this level of sedation still requires monitoring by an anesthesiologist. This is a huge benefit to the process because the anesthesiologist can increase or decrease your sedation level throughout the procedure as needed. This makes it possible for the dentist to complete multiple procedures during one appointment.

Expect to be in a ‘semi-awake’ state

As mentioned above, you will not be completely ‘asleep’ during IV sedation. The level of sedation will be enough to make you feel relaxed and free from anxiety during the procedures. Remaining in this lower level of sedation is easier on your body and allows you to get back to normal more quickly than general anesthesia.

Expect time to feel like it speeds up

IV sedation anesthesia allows your dentist to do the work of several appointments in one or two. When you are under this type of sedation you will not notice the amount of time that is going by. The dentist can work for an extended period of time without causing you any additional anxiety. When you are done and come out from sedation it will feel like just a small amount of time has passed.

Expect to have little memory of the experience

A major benefit of IV sedation anesthesia if you are afraid of the dentist is the lack of memory you will have of the entire process. Your memories of the whole experience will likely be hazy and few in number. This is very helpful in reducing the anxiety you feel about visiting the dentist. You can get the dental work you need without having every sight, sound, and feeling of the visit singed into your memory because of fear.

Trying something new almost always comes with some level of fear or anxiety. When you already have complicated feelings about the dentist the level of fear that comes with trying something new can be intensified. IV sedation is designed for patients just like you and can completely transform your experience of going to the dentist. If you can push yourself to give it a try you will be on your way to getting the dental care you need without fear.

Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. DOWNLOAD NOW!

Topics: Sedation dentistry

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