If you need dental treatment, such as for wisdom teeth or dental implants, you may be feeling nervous about undergoing surgery. While this is normal, there are many anesthesia options available that can help you have a safe, comfortable, and pain-free experience.
The most popular anesthesia option among patients is IV (intravenous) sedation or conscious sedation. IV sedation provides many benefits for patients and has advantages over other anesthesia options. Read through the most common questions patients ask about IV sedation to learn more.
#1 – Is IV sedation safe?
Yes, IV sedation is incredibly safe, especially when administered by a nurse anesthetist. This type of sedation is constantly monitored both for your own safety and to ensure you’re receiving the adequate level of anesthesia for your unique situation.
#2 – How do I prepare for a procedure with IV sedation?
You should not eat or drink anything for the hours leading up to your procedure. If you have a medication you take daily, these can usually be taken with water. Be sure to discuss your medical history and medications with your dentist before scheduling surgery.
#3 – Will I remember my procedure?
Most patients have no memory of their procedure when they receive IV sedation. Though this is a conscious form of sedation, you’ll most likely “sleep” through your appointment. You’ll be able to respond to touch and any verbal commands, though you’ll be in a deeply relaxed state.
#4 – How will I feel after IV sedation stops being administered?
Once your procedure is over, it may take up to 30 minutes for the effects to wear off. You should have someone available to drive you home. If you experience nausea, your dentist can prescribe medication to help. You should rest and do not partake in any strenuous activities for the first few days after your surgery.
#5 – What are the benefits of IV sedation?
IV sedation is the most customizable form of conscious sedation. It’s designed to help you relax and feel no pain during your procedure. If you have difficulty sitting still, are highly anxious, or have a sensitive gag reflex, IV sedation can remove these barriers so you can receive necessary dental treatment.
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