IV Sedation for Stress-Free Visits
What Is IV Sedation?
If you choose to undergo IV sedation for your appointment, the dentist will insert a needle into one of the veins on your arm or hand. A tube is connected to the needle so the medication can quickly enter your bloodstream. The dentist can then gradually adjust the dosage as needed. This precise dosing makes IV sedation far less likely to produce unwanted side effects than taking a pill.
Our staff will monitor your oxygen levels & pulse throughout your procedure. Rest assured that you will be in good hands—IV sedation requires special licensing, training & advanced equipment to ensure your complete safety. Should any problems arise, we can quickly give you another medication to reverse the sedation.
Before you receive IV sedation, there are a few precautionary steps you need to take. You will need to let us know about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are taking. Benzodiazepines can have dangerous side effects when combined with other sedatives. This includes alcohol, so you must not drink on the day of your appointment. To prevent nausea during your treatment, please avoid eating for at least six hours beforehand.
Women who are nursing or pregnant are not eligible for IV sedation. If you have a history of heart, respiratory or liver problems, you should talk to the dentist or your primary care doctor about the risks of IV sedation.
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