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IV (Intravenous) Sedation

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Sedation Dentistry is available for oral surgery, extractions, the removal of impacted “wisdom teeth” and for patients with high anxiety who would not be able to undergo necessary dental treatment otherwise.

If you suffer with moderate to severe dental anxiety and have difficulty undergoing needed dental care, Sedation Dentistry can help you get the care you need.

Intravenous Conscious Sedation is the administration of of medications into the blood stream during dental treatment.

What to expect from IV Sedation Dentistry

During IV sedation, patients remain conscious and are able to understand and respond to requests from the dentist. Just about all patients don't remember their appointments.

  • IV sedation induces a state of anti-anxiety deep relaxation and an feeling of not being worried by the procedure.
  • IV sedation produces partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for many patients during the time when the drug is administered until after it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and because many patients remember nothing at all, one may think that they were “asleep” during the procedure.

Intravenous (“IV”) Conscious Sedation Procedure

Our highly-trained staff go to great lengths to reduce your anxiety and make your dental experience more relaxing with far less fear. We take the time to listen to what you want and what your needs are, explain available treatment options and clarify dental treatment procedures in easy to understand terms.

We commonly use Versed (generic name midazolam). Nitrous oxide may also be used in combination. This sedation combination allows a lower dosage of the IV medication to produce the desired sedative effect.

Prior to sedation dentistry, we perform a careful screening for any medical conditions that may prevent a patient from being a candidate. Throughout the procedure, we monitor our patients' vital statistics and the sedation effect.

It is required for you to have an escort, whom you have arranged, arrive with you for the appointment and take you home after a period of monitored recovery in the office. It is also very important for you to have nothing to eat or drink for at least six hours before an intravenous sedation.

Does My Escort Have to Stay at the Office?

During the procedure, your escort is free to stay in our office, or leave and come back to pick you up at the end of the procedure.

Make your sedation dental appointment today, call the Chandler Dentist today at (480) 812-2800

(480) 812-2800 Dr. Rich Higgs, DDS