What are the side effects of IV sedation?
IV sedation is a form of sedation dentistry that helps our oral surgeon improve a patient’s level of care and comfort. Sedation dentistry is not a new practice; in fact, dental professionals have been using sedatives for centuries – especially when it comes to providing surgical and complex care.
Since we only utilize FDA-approved drugs in a very controlled setting, receiving IV sedation is safe and effective. The side effects of this medication include drowsiness and motor function impairment. Since IV sedation can have lasting effects, patients must have transportation to and from our practice on the day of treatment.
When is IV sedation used?
This form of sedation is generally received for complex or lengthy treatment such as full mouth reconstruction or corrective jaw surgery. In some cases, IV sedation may be recommended for children undergoing treatment or for those with pronounced dental anxieties and phobias.
What are the benefits of IV sedation?
Intravenous sedation is beneficial for many reasons, primarily because it greatly reduces discomfort and uneasiness. In fact, receiving IV sedation means that patients feel very little, if any, discomfort during treatment and often have no recollection of their procedures. This is especially useful for those who have phobias of dental or surgical treatment as they will not have any negative memories of time spent in surgery. Additionally, sedatives help keep a patient still and at ease, which allows our oral surgeon to work without obstruction. Since oral and maxillofacial procedures require great attention to detail and precision, a still and restful patient is ideal for our team.
This form of sedation is also safe. Our team has advanced cardiac and life support training and we constantly monitor our patients’ vitals during treatment to ensure the safest experience possible. Controlling the level of medication is very accurate when administered intravenously, too. During treatment, the dosage is adjustable.
To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment with our caring and dedicated staff, contact Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today.