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IV Sedation Helps Dental Patients Achieve Genuine Relaxation

Closeup of woman doing yoga on beachThink it's impossible to relax at the dentist's office? Reliable intravenous (IV) sedation techniques can help you rest comfortably while receiving the dental care you need and want. If fear of the dentist keeps you from necessary treatment, ask our team about IV sedation to ease you through any procedure. Dr. Edward Dougherty is known as “The Sleep Dentist,” and there’s no one better to provide you with treatment that’s truly comfortable and pain-free.

What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation can alleviate severe anxiety and phobias associated with dentists, needles, and drills to make any dental procedure pleasant. In addition, patients with sensitive gag reflexes and those with TMJ or other neuromuscular disorders that make it hard to keep their mouths open for long periods of time often benefit from IV sedation. We will consult with you to determine your medical history and assist you in deciding which type of sedation is best suited to your needs.

The sedative dosage we administer will correlate to the intensity of your anxiety or discomfort. IV sedation gives us unprecedented control over your relaxation level, so we can tailor the sedation to your specific needs. Depending on the amount of sedative you receive, you will feel extremely relaxed, drowsy, or you may fall asleep completely. Typically, patients remain conscious and can respond to questions but do not experience extreme nervousness or discomfort, remembering little about the appointment afterwards.

As with any procedure we perform, your physical safety remains our top concern. To prepare for an appointment in which you will receive IV sedation, do not eat or drink anything for eight hours prior to your procedure, except for prescription medications (unless advised otherwise). While you are under sedation, we’ll closely monitor your blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. After your dental work is completed, we’ll stop the IV and let you rest comfortably for 15 to 20 minutes before you leave our office. If necessary, we will prescribe pain management medication after your visit, particularly after an oral surgery. You must arrange to have a responsible adult drive you home from your appointment and remain with you until the drowsiness wears off. You should be able to resume normal activities the day after your appointment.

We understand your fear about visiting the dentist, as well as your desire for healthy, beautiful teeth. We can help you achieve the smile of your dreams with the compassionate care you deserve. Contact us today to learn whether IV sedation is right for you!