What is Intravenous Sedation?
Intravenous sedation is a type of sedation dentistry where medications are administered directly into the bloodstream to produce a feeling of euphoria, relaxation, amnesia, and blockade of pain receptors. We utilize multiple medications to achieve this and each sedation is tailored to the patient. Called many things - twilight sedation, moderate sedation, conscious sedation. All of these are descriptors for how patients "sleep" through dental treatment.
Are You a Good Candidate for IV Sedation?
We offer IV Sedation by request. This means we don't reserve IV Sedation complex dental procedures only, but we offer it for items like: single implant placement, single tooth extraction, crown procedures, or root canals. We do however, always recommend IV Sedation for denture surgeries, wisdom tooth extractions, multiple implants, or with the All on Four. These procedures tend to take longer than most other dental treatments. However, due to the complex nature of the procedure, sedation usually allows Dr. Damon to work more quickly and efficiently.
If you have severe anxieties or fears about going to the dentist, IV sedation can help you remain calm and relaxed.
Patients with dental phobias, on the other hand, may request IV sedation for simpler dental procedures. If you have severe anxieties or fears about going to the dentist, IV sedation can help you remain calm and relaxed. This form of sedation is also useful for patients who have previously had traumatic dental experiences as well as for those who find it difficult to sit still for extended periods of time. It can also help ease discomfort caused by conditions which make sitting in an examination chair difficult, such as arthritis. Dr. Damon and Dr. Blankenship can then administer the local anesthetic for pain relief via an injection after patients are comfortably sedated.
Why Choose Us for IV Sedation?
IV sedation has numerous benefits. Not only is Dr. Damon and staff certified in IV sedation, but we use the most up-to-date equipment to monitor you throughout the procedure, including an EKG monitoring system, blood pressure, temperature, ET02, and a pulse oximeter. This allows him to adjust the dosage of medication as needed throughout the procedure.