IV Sedation, Sleep Dentistry
Sleep Through your Next Dental Procedure with IV Sedation
Many patients put off going to the dentist due to anxiety of dental treatments and surgery.
With IV Sedation, Dr. Damon is eliminates the reality of the dental procedure from your perception, allowing you to feel relaxed, have anxiety relief, and not remember anything from your procedure. A IV allows a direct line for Dr. Damon to administer your medications in a highly controllable way. This allows for titration of your medication dose to your particular needs and your particular physiology. Oral Sedation is not as predictable and does not have the ability to be titrated. Many patients specifically ask for IV if Oral did not work well in the past.
How Does IV Sedation Work?
IV Sedation accomplishes several things:
- Anxiety relief
- Sedation (sleepiness)
With IV Sedation, you will feel great, relaxed, and sleepy and not remember the details of the procedure. Although patients may feel that they were unconscious during treatment, they are still be able to respond to requests from our staff during the procedure.
How Is IV Sedation Administered?
IV Sedation is administered directly into your bloodstream via an IV line into a catheter placed into a vein. During the procedure, the tube stays in place as the drug is administered according to your needs.
Because IV Sedation does not numb the site at which our dentists are working in your mouth, you will usually be given a local anesthesia or injection. This is typically done after you receive IV Sedation and are already fully relaxed.
Feel Safe and Secure with Dr. Damon's advanced training
Dr. Damon has sedated well over 2,000 patients in his career, averaging about 8-10 IV Sedations per week. Our patients are well cared for and are continuously monitored by technology measuring vitals (blood pressure, pulse oximeter, and 5 lead ECG cable). During each procedure, a dental assistant, a monitoring assistant, and Dr. Damon are the room at all times.
Patients typically wake up groggy, but are not released until their vitals are close to the levels they were at arrival, all patients must move all limbs when requested, and must be awake upon discharge. A patient may still feel groggy and will likely seem a little disoriented for a few hours. All patients must have a ride home and a person to care for them for a few hours.