Some patients may find it difficult to relax when they sit in the chair at a dental office, especially if oral surgery is involved. For many of our procedures, Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery offers several forms of sedation to help put you at ease and eliminate anxiety. One of these forms, IV sedation, is fast-acting, reliable, and customizable for each patient. Intravenous, or IV sedation, is typically some form of anti-anxiety sedative, like a benzodiazepine, that is administered directly into the vein. We typically recommend IV sedation for our more complex procedures, and to patients with severe anxiety or dental phobias.
Before, During, and After IV Sedation
Before you can receive IV sedation, a specialist at Plymouth must review your medical history to ensure there are no risk factors. We may have to consult with your general physician before proceeding. Once we determine you are a suitable candidate for IV sedation, we can schedule the procedure. Before IV sedation be sure to:
During your appointment, we will apply a numbing crème to effectively numb the injection site. Once the skin is numbed, we will insert the IV needle into the vein with a guiding tool. The drug is administered slowly until we achieve the desired effect—a state of deep relaxation. Many patients describe it as a “twilight” zone, somewhere in between consciousness and sleep. To put it simply, you experience no anxiety or fear of any kind.
While you are under IV sedation, you will still be able to respond to commands and answer questions. However, many patients find they have little or no memory of the procedure. The effects of IV sedation will last for several hours after your treatment. Again, you are required to have an escort drive you home. Patients typically feel sleepy or slightly disoriented at first, but these effects will eventually wear off.
Remember to drink lots of water as you will be without food or liquids for several hours. If you experience any soreness, be sure to avoid the affected areas until the pain subsides. We typically recommend a soft, healthy diet for the days immediately after a procedure. If pain medication is necessary, it is usually best to stick to over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol or generic ibuprofen. For complex procedures, a specialist at Plymouth may prescribe a narcotic pain medication.
Medications Used in IV Sedation
The most popular class of medications used in IV sedation are benzodiazepines, specifically Midazolam, Valium, or Ativan. Midazolam has a very good amnesic effect and wears off faster than other benzodiazepines.
Advantages of IV Sedation
The advantages of IV sedation include:
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