IV sedation is the state-of-the-art technique for the comprehensive control of pain and anxiety in dentistry. Other sedative techniques such as nitrous oxide are commonly used in most dental offices. However, IV sedation gives superior results that make it the method of choice for the highly fearful dental patient. With this type of sedation, medications are administered directly into the blood stream. The greatest advantage of IV Sedation is that if someone is not sedated enough, the doctor can administer more medication and the effects are instantaneous. Because of the kinds of drugs used and the method of their delivery, IV sedation allows us to control their effects precisely.
This dental sedation option is not used commonly in most dental offices because of the specialized advanced training required and the requirements for certification by the State Board of Dentistry. The drugs used for IV Sedation are more effective than the same drugs taken orally. There is a more profound amnesia associated with this technique. With this level of sedation, you still retain your protective reflexes and are able to follow verbal instructions.
Our offices are highly trained and qualified to administer IV sedation so fearful patients are able to receive the dental treatment that they deserve. If your phobia is keeping you from visiting the dentist, contact our Bristol VA or Blountville TN office in order to schedule your consultation to learn more about this dental option today.