Does IV Sedation Lose it’s Efficacy With Repeated Uses?
IV Sedation is used in dentistry for patients that suffer from dental anxiety, have a bad gag reflex, or patients that have had a bad dental experience in the past. IV Sedation also helps patients get through very long or complicated dental procedures. In some cases, IV Sedation is the best choice to help keep patients relaxed and calm during their procedure.
What is IV Sedation?
IV Sedation is given intravenously, and is a type of sedation that is controlled by the doctor. IV sedation can provide moderate sedation or deep sedation depending on the treatment and patient’s needs. Patients are usually in a semi-awake state, and have the ability to communicate if needed. Most patients do not have any memory of the procedure with IV sedation.
Will IV Sedation Still be Effective If I've Had it in the Past?
Many patients wonder if they have used IV sedation in the past, will it still be effective if they need another procedure. IV sedation will always be effective and works quickly. There is no need to worry if you have been recommended for another procedure using IV sedation. You will still receive the same effects the next time you need to use this type of sedation for a dental procedure.
What Are the Benefits of IV Sedation?
- Great alternative to general anesthesia
- Is a strong sedative compared to other sedation options
- Effects are felt quickly and administered intravenously
- Shorter recovery time
- Patients have temporary amnesia and do not remember the dental procedure
- Helps to suppress gag reflex
- Allows patients to remain in a semi-conscious state
Recovery is easy and most patients will need to stay in the procedure room for about an hour. We recommend patients bring a friend or family member to help drive them home. Patients may feel drowsy or sluggish, but this should subside after a day or so. Physical activity should be limited until the side effects wear off completely.
Looking for a Sedation Dentist Near You?
If you are looking for a dentist that provides sedation dentistry near you, our team is here to help. Our team provides each patient with a detailed consultation to discuss any procedure needed, and we review all of the sedation details so patients know what to expect the day of their appointment. We want our patients to feel relaxed when they enter out office, and know they are in good hands!
If you are interested in finding out more about IV sedation or what sedation options are available at our dental office in Seattle, please contact Dr. Brenner to schedule you consultation.