There are many types of sedation available at the doctor and dentist. All sedation is put in place to make you, the patient, more comfortable and make the treatment as pleasant as possible. Most dentists offer a few different types of sedation, such as inhaled sedation or IV sedation.
Inhaled sedation is the normal sedation associated with dentists, commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” It is usually administered to help adults and kids relax. IV sedation is also used in dentist’s offices and can be used instead or in conjunction with inhaled sedation. Here’s more information on IV sedation.
IV Sedation 101
IV sedation is short for intravenous sedation, which means it is a drug put into your vein. They are administered via an injection, usually on the back of your hand or in your arm, and the needle (wrapped in plastic) stays in your arm or hand for the entire length of the procedure. It is extremely effective and a completely comfortable experience. There is just one injection given that may cause a pinch of pain, and you are good to go! It will cause you to be drowsy, but you won’t pass out, which will allow you to continue to cooperate with the dentist during your procedure.
Most dentists feel IV sedation is easier to control than inhaled sedation. As with all sedation at the dentist, it is usually used to help with anxiety. You may also be given numbing medication to ensure you are pain-free during the procedure.
If you want to be unaware of the work going on by the dentist, IV sedation is a great option; most patients lose memory of the procedure. This is great for those of you who may be afraid of drills or dental work in general. Also, the maximum sedation level is achieved with IV sedation, compared to inhaled sedation.
IV sedation is very safe when administered by your dentist. It is only recommended for those over the age of 12 and may not be given to those with complex medical histories. If you will be having IV sedation, please plan to have someone pick you up post-dental procedure, as it is not recommended to drive for a time after it has been administered. Also, it is recommended you do not consume any alcohol until the day after your procedure, and that you follow all post-operative dental treatment instructions. The cost of IV sedation will depend on your insurance provider and your deductibles.
Your local dentist
Village Park Family Dental takes the upmost precaution when putting you or a loved one under IV sedation at our practice in Cypress, TX. We make our patients our number one priority and are focused on creating positive, pleasant dental experiences for your entire family. Our offices are designed to be welcoming, and our doctors are highly trained and experienced to ensure you get the best care. Call us today at 281-376-4444.