IV Sedation Dentistry
We know full well that for many, the dentists’ office can be a very intimidating place. The types of instruments used, the sounds, the impersonal masks, and the confusing dental terms and procedures can be overwhelming to some. Might there be a way for you to eliminate the anxiousness, fear, and stress? There is! Dr. Raskin, Dr. D’Orlando, and Dr. Thomas are certified to perform conscious IV Sedation. Now, patients can peacefully drift through their procedures without a care in the world. Not only do most patients feel no pain, but they have no memory of the procedure, and walk away like nothing ever happened.
Who are Candidates for Sedation?
- High fear of dental visits
- Previous traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- A bad gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Limited time to complete their dental care
- Complex dental problems
Most patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during their treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards. There may only be a mild discomfort when the sedation is administered, but this can be reduced through the use of a local anesthetic.
You'll receive just enough sedation so that you'll be completely unaware of the treatment, as you would if you were asleep.
At the end of the treatment, you'll have little or no memory of your dental visit.
You will feel just fine. For your safety, we do require that you have a family member or friend drive you home. Some patients may experience mild nausea, but this usually passes quickly.
We'll review your insurance coverage and, if necessary, make financial arrangements to ensure you get the dental care you need.
Before starting any treatment, we review your medical history, and we monitor you very closely while you're under sedation.
Tell Me About Sedation Dentistry
You might experience anxiety at the dentist for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have had a bad experience in the past or fear some of the common dental procedures. IV sedation is the solution, as the process is simple and you will have little to no recollection of your procedure. Our doctors will first gain intravenous access and administer the correct amount of medication. You will be brought to what is known as a “twilight state” which is neither completely unconscious or conscious and alert.
IV Sedation Dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years with millions of dental procedures. Before starting any treatments, our doctors will review your medical history and explain how sedation dentistry can work for you. On the day of your appointment, medication will be given through an IV port in your arm, to help you relax during your treatment. We then closely monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure to ensure total comfort and safety. If needed, a deeper level of sedation can be easily provided. Many patients feel NO DISCOMFORT whatsoever during and after treatment, and have little or no memory of the visit.
Today there are two major types of conscious sedation: oral and intravenous (IV). Both types are effective when treating patients, but IV sedation does have its advantages. With IV sedation, you do not need to take any pre-medication. This means you’ll arrive at our offices clear headed, and not drowsy. Secondly, once the medication is administered, the effects are almost instantaneous. Patients don’t need to wait for a pill to dissolve and be absorbed into the bloodstream (a process that can normally take up to an hour). Lastly, because of the method of administration, the patient doesn’t continue to receive doses of the sedative once the medication has been removed. This leaves the patient less groggy and drowsy when leaving the office. Through their experiences, Dr. Raskin, Dr. D’Orlando, and Dr. Thomas feel that intravenous sedation works best for their patients.
One of the great benefits of IV sedation is that extensive treatment can be done in one or two appointments, including whitening yellow or stained teeth, replacing crowns or dentures, fixing chipped or damaged teeth, and restoring sore gums to good health.
Dr. Raskin is a member of D.O.C.S., the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
Dr. Raskin stays current with state-of-the-art dental procedures through extensive participation in continuing education programs such as those offered by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.
How Does IV Sedation Work?
IV Sedation Dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years with millions of dental procedures. Before starting any treatments, Dr. Raskin, Dr. D'Orlando, and Dr. Thomas will review your medical history and explain how Sedation Dentistry can work for you. We want you to be completely comfortable about going forward towards a healthy, new smile. On your appointment day, medication we will be injected directly into your bloodstream through your arm to help you fall “asleep” during treatment.
You are then continually monitored throughout the procedure to ensure your safety. Once your procedure is completed, you will return to your normal conscious state with little memory of what was done and with no discomfort.