Is IV Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

dental hygienist adjusting iv for sedation dentistryIf you have severe anxiety about going to the dentist, or are undergoing a procedure, like a dental implant, a complex root canal, or tooth extraction, then IV sedation dentistry is an option to consider. This can help ensure you receive the dental care you need without feeling the pain or anxiety associated with it.

How IV Sedation Dentistry Works

IV sedation dentistry uses an intravenous method to sedate you during a dental treatment. The drug given to you is an anti-anxiety medication and helps you relax and feel peaceful and calm.

You might doze off or you might remain awake and interact with the dentist. Whatever happens, once the sedative wears off, you won’t remember much about the treatment.

If you also have a fear of needles, a numbing cream can be used in the area where the IV needle will prick your skin. Once the IV is in place, it can stay in place for the duration of the treatment, or it can be removed once the medication is administered.

One key advantage of dental IV sedation is that it provides almost immediate relief. The medication goes into your bloodstream, so it works faster than other types of sedation commonly used in dentistry, like oral conscious and nitrous oxide. You, therefore, don’t have to wait as long for the sedative effective to kick in.

During IV sedation dentistry, your pulse and oxygen will be constantly monitored to ensure you are stable and don’t have any negative reactions to the sedation medication. Once the medicine wears off, you might feel groggy and tired afterward. It’s therefore best to have a friend or family member ready to drive you home.

Interested in an Appointment with a Sedation Dentist?

At Burns Dentistry, we’re a call away. We offer IV sedation dentistry, as well as other methods too. We can give you more information and provide recommendations based on your unique needs, so you’re comfortable and pain-free during your experience with us.


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Burns Dentistry aims to constantly innovate our treatments and personalize our care based on the unique needs of every patient. Your comfort is a top priority when you visit our dentist office. Read how our patients enjoy their experience with our professional team.

“I had the best experience at Burns dentistry. From the moment I walked in the receptionist greeted me by my name to when they called me back for my appointment. This was the first dental office that ever gave me a tour of there office which I thought was pretty neat. Office is really nice and clean. Dr. Holtan was very nice and friendly and loved how he took his time on explaining everything to me. So extremely grateful and highly recommend Burns Dentistry.”

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