When patients need a higher level of sedation than nitrous oxide, we at the Center for Advanced Dentistry can use moderate IV sedation. IV sedation is a type of conscious sedation where patients receive a sedative medication through an IV injection. The sedative medication relaxes patients to remain comfortable during dental treatment. IV sedation allows patients to stay calm while the dentist works on their smile, and most patients even forget that they are at the dentist's office. With this method, patients also can respond to any commands the dentist gives but will feel no pain.
Who Is a Candidate for IV Sedation?
Moderate IV sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who need more than nitrous oxide but less than general anesthesia.
With moderate IV sedation, you won't feel any pain, but you will be awake and able to respond to your dentist during treatment.
Moderate IV sedation dentistry is an excellent option for patients who have anxiety about dental treatment but can safely undergo treatment with the help of sedatives.
How Is the IV Sedation Administered?
The IV sedation is administered through both an IV and a nerve block. The IV sedation allows the dentist to continuously deliver a small dose of sedatives while the dentist works on the patient's teeth so that the patient does not feel any pain. The nerve block is a numbing injection administered on the lingual nerve. The lingual nerve is the nerve that supplies feeling to the tongue. This nerve block will numb all the areas behind the lower teeth so that the patient does not feel anything while the dentist completes the dental procedure.
The Benefits of IV Sedation
IV sedation is one of the most effective sedation methods. You will sleep through the entire procedure, waking up to your beautiful new smile. In addition to alleviating discomfort, sedation dentistry can help patients suffering from dental anxiety, dental phobia, or even dental post-traumatic stress disorder.
Is IV Sedation Safe?
IV sedation is perfectly safe when used by a trained medical professional. It's even safer than oral sedation because patients are not at risk of swallowing the sedative.
IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream. Oral sedation is swallowed and absorbed through the digestive system. This means that IV sedation can be more precisely distributed. An oral sedative must be administered slowly and can be affected by other factors like food, heat, and activity. IV sedation has a faster onset, is more precise, and is evenly absorbed.
Visit the Center for Advanced Dentistry at 105 N. Bascom Ave, Suite 201, San Jose 95128, or call (408) 549-7133 for the best dental services tailored to your unique needs.