What is IV sedation dentistry?
IV sedation dentistry allows you to overcome any anxiety about receiving the dental services you need by putting you in a very relaxed state while you receive dental care. It may be the right choice for you if you suffer from severe anxiety when visiting the dentist, if you have a significant gag reflex, if you desire sedation with a quick onset and quick recovery time, or if you don’t want to remember your dental procedure. At Bright Smile Family Dentistry, your comfort comes first, and we’re pleased to offer IV sedation dentistry as a way for you to get the dental care you need. Conscious sedation dentistry is available for a variety of procedures including emergency dentistry, wisdom teeth removal, root canals, and more.
What is the difference between intravenous sedation and general anesthesia?
Unlike general anesthesia, IV sedation is a form of “conscious sedation.” You will remain awake, and will be able to communicate with your Bright Smile dentist, however you will feel no discomfort and probably will not remember receiving treatment at all. Compared to general anesthesia, IV sedation poses much lower risk of serious complications and provides more comfort and convenience for you due to how quickly it takes effect and how quickly its effects diminish when your treatment is over.
Is IV sedation dentistry safe?
Using an IV to administer your sedative allows your doctor to monitor and control the amount of sedative your receive, which reduces the risk of any side effects or complications. Additionally, your Bright Smile dentist that is providing your care is certified by the Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry in IV sedation, and has received specific training in the area.
How long do the effects of IV sedation last?
Usually, the effects of IV sedation diminish within about 30 minutes from the end of your procedure. During this time, we will monitor you closely to ensure everything progresses as it should and you are feeling well. You may remain sleepy for a while longer, and you will not be able to drive, so it’s important to have an escort with you on the day of your care.
What is the cost of IV sedation?
The cost of IV sedation can vary, however, some insurance providers may cover IV sedation for your specific procedure. Contact Bright Smiles Family Dentistry to discuss your unique needs and the possibility of involving IV sedation in your treatment and we can help you with understanding your insurance coverage and any payment or financing information.