IV Sedation Dentistry In Westminster, CO.
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Intravenous sedation, or IV Sedation, refers to the introduction of an anti-anxiety drug into the bloodstream during your dental treatment. This is often referred to as being put in “twilight.” Some dentists will use the term “sleep” but you don’t always fall asleep, though most patients do not remember their procedures due to the sedative.
The sedative helps you to relax and feel calm, allowing the dentist to perform certain procedures without interference. It puts the patient in a state of relaxation rather than putting them fully asleep in most cases.
How does IV Sedation Dentistry work?
Your dentist will administer a relaxing sedative intravenously into your hand or arm. This introduces the sedative directly into your bloodstream. Administration of the sedative may continue through the duration of the treatment, or just in the beginning of treatment. For your comfort, a numbing cream is often used at the injection site.
What happens during the sedation?
Before the sedatives are administered, your dentist will check your vital signs to make sure you’re ready for the sedation. During the procedure, your dentist will check your blood pressure and oxygen levels. After coming out of “twilight,” you might feel a little sleepy or groggy, and you must have a family member or friend drive you home. It is recommended that you take off the entire day for rest and healing.
Are you awake during IV Sedation Dentistry?
You are most often awake during IV conscious sedation, but you will be very relaxed. The point is to make you comfortable and not fully asleep so you will not feel pain or nervousness. The sedatives do provide an “amnesia effect” and patients often do not remember anything about their procedure. However, only during general anesthesia, you are completely asleep. General anesthesia utilizes more powerful medications to induce sleep and temporary paralysis and is not generally used in the dental office.
What drugs are used during IV Sedation Dentistry?
Dentists can choose between several different sedation drugs, and benzodiazepines, opioids, and Propofol are very common in IV Sedation Dentistry.
These anti-anxiety, sedative drugs will reduce anxiety, make patients sleepy, and can produce partial or total amnesia.
Patients could receive an IV opioid drug which is generally used with a benzodiazepine. Opioids contribute to the sedative effect and help to limit pain during and after the procedure. These opioid drugs include meperidine, morphine, or fentanyl.
This medication is used to put patients in a deeper twilight-like state. This drug is generally used in hospital settings and wears off quickly. A machine is used to administer the drug in increments.
What Are the Advantages of IV Sedation?
- A deeper level of sedation
- Fast-acting sedation
- Quick recovery time
- Amnesic effect
- Helpful for dental-phobic patients