Intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia, lets you rest comfortably during your procedure. We fine-tune your dosage based on the intensity of your discomfort or anxiety; you may fall completely asleep or simply feel very relaxed and sleepy depending on the dosage you receive. Most patients stay conscious and are able to talk with their surgeon, but feel no discomfort and often have little memory of their procedure afterwards.
Your safety is always our top concern. We’ll ask you to fast from food and drink for eight hours prior to your procedure, unless your surgeon has prescribed medications to be taken during that time.
We will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing closely during your procedure.
When we’ve finished the procedure, the IV is stopped and you will rest for 15 to 20 minutes before being discharged.
Pain medication, if necessary, will be prescribed after your visit.
If you opt for general anesthesia, we require you to have someone accompany you to your appointment that will drive you home stay with you until the effect of the anesthesia has completely worn off.
Once you no longer feel drowsy you can resume your normal activities.
General anesthesia is most commonly used for lengthy procedures and oral surgeries, but for some people, it can be a great benefit regardless of the type of procedure they are undergoing. General anesthesia is especially helpful if you:
If you have a fear of visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. We talk with many patients whose fears were relieved by the use of appropriate and safe comfort measures.
Ask us if IV sedation is a good option for you.