WHAT IS MODERATE IV SEDATION?
Moderate IV Sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light tactile stimulation. Sedatives cause drowsiness, and therefore a decreased awareness of one’s surroundings. In addition, they modulate the normal pain signaling pathways within the body and act to decrease patients’ feelings of pain.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SEDATION?
The greatest benefit of sedation dentistry is the reduction of anxiety. Patients having sedation appear relaxed and comfortable and most report little memory of their dental appointment. Patients feel as though time has passed quickly during the appointment, and are often surprised to hear “we are done” at the end. For patients that have difficulty with local anesthesia, IV sedation allows the dentist to administer stronger medication to help provide pain free dentistry even in the toughest cases.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER HAVING SEDATION?
Every type of sedation (aside from Nitrous Oxide “laughing gas”) will result in effects that last longer than your dental appointment. You will be monitored closely during your appointment, and discharged home with a responsible adult. You will feel drowsy and will not be capable of completing tasks that require concentration. It’s important to rest at home for the remainder of the day.
DO YOU STILL MAKE ME NUMB IF I HAVE SEDATION?
Yes, we have to! Once you are comfortably sedated, the dentist will numb the treatment area with local anesthetic. You will not see the needle, as feared by many, and you will not remember the details of receiving local anesthesia.
WILL I BE ASLEEP THROUGH THE PROCEDURE?
Although you will be very relaxed and may even fall asleep, you will still be conscious, and therefore able to do all the important things like swallow and breathe on your own. Patients under moderate sedation are able to respond verbally, however they tend to just doze throughout the appointment.
Dr. Nicole Keck-Erickson is an experienced dentist with extensive training from some of the best Dental Anesthesiologists in the country! Moderate IV Sedation is a great option for our most anxious patients and a way to make sure that your experience with dentistry is a positive one! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding IV Sedation, and whether it’s right for you.