Why do I need IV sedation? Going to the dentist seems to illicit a sense of dread and sorrow for many people. The fear of having dental work done creates anxiety for patients; today much of that can be alleviated by nitrous oxide or laughing gas but what if you need a bit more extensive dental work. That’s where IV sedation comes in.
IV Sedation in Dentistry is not something new but now IV sedation is available right in your dentist office on a regular basis. The decision on the type of sedation is one that you can make with one of our dentist’s at Grand Parkway Smiles.
What is IV Sedation?
IV Sedation at Grand Parkway Smiles is often referred to as Moderate Sedation. It is considered moderate because the patient maintains a level of consciousness versus general or deep sedation. Moderate sedation allows for faster recovery, the patient is able to respond to commands and does not require the assistance for breathing. IV Sedation is administered by a trained anesthesiologist, utilizing medications known as benzodiazepines, with midazolam (Versed) probably one the most often used. Midazolam acts quickly and wears off faster than some of the older benzodiazepines like Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam). These medications are still used for oral sedation.
Why would I choose IV Sedation?
Choosing IV Sedation is about providing patients a level of comfort and relaxation during longer procedures that may be difficult and stressful to the patient, it allows for faster recovery from the actual procedure. The dentist is also able to work more quickly because there is no resistance from the patient. The patient wakes up after the surgery having no memory of the actual procedure.
Before, During and After IV Sedation.
Prior to receiving IV sedation you will have a through exam by the dentist your treatment options will be discussed and if the choice is IV sedation you will be provided a list of instructions prior to your procedure. They include:
- Be accompanied to and from the appointment.
- Not eat or drink after midnight the day before.
- If you need to take prescription medication, speak to both your physician and dentist.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing to the appointment.
- Don’t wear contact lenses, oral appliances (dentures, retainers, etc.), or watches/jewelry.
During sedation, you will be closely and continuously monitored by the dentist and staff members, using electronic equipment that shows blood pressure, heart rate, the amount of oxygen in the blood and, often, your heart function on an EKG monitor. After the procedure is over, you will not be released until it is safe for you to go home. You and the person taking you home will receive post-treatment and home care instructions including what you should eat and drink. It is usually okay to resume eating and drinking after getting home from the dental appointment, provided the numbness from the local anesthesia has worn off. Drinking lots of water is important after sedation since you will have been without food or water for several hours and may be dehydrated.
After your procedure if there is any soreness, where teeth need to settle down or tissues need to heal, keep off the affected area/s until they feel comfortable. A soft, healthy diet that doesn’t require chewing will be best; try milk shakes or protein/nutrition drinks. Lastly if pain medication is necessary it is usually best to use over-the-counter non-narcotic medications such as Tylenol, aspirin or Ibuprofen, or prescription-strength medication such as Naproxen or Celebrex if your dentist thinks it is appropriate. Medications like codeine or hydrocodone that will deepen the lingering sedative effects are not advised, especially the day of IV sedation.
Patient Safety Comes First
Your safety is the most important consideration before, during and after IV sedation. The staff of Grand Parkway Smiles and our anesthesiologist constantly strive to provide you the patient with the finest care with your safety as paramount. IV sedation is very effective and every precaution is taken to ensure that you have no complications from its use. When you have your consultation Dr. Gomez and his team will discuss any concerns you may have and discuss with you the procedure and what to expect.
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