What is IV sedation, and Is It Right For Me?

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
May 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: IV Sedation  

When you're having certain procedures performed at the dentist’s office, you and your dentist must decide on the appropriate sedation method. Sedation relaxes the nerves so that you don’t feel pain or discomfort while in the dentist’s chair.

One option offered by Gary W. Machiko, DMD in Pittsburgh, PA, is IV sedation. So what is IV sedation, and why might your next visit to your Sedation Dentistrycosmetic dentist include it?

What Is IV Sedation?
IV (intravenous) sedation is a way to relax a dental patient using medication injected into the bloodstream. The medication immediately begins to relax you until you’re woozy and a bit sleepy. Patients often report that hours go by and they don’t remember anything from the procedure, which is why this is a preferred sedation method for people who have severe dental anxiety.

Getting Sedated
IV sedation is most common when your Pittsburgh, PA cosmetic dentist has to perform major procedures, like implants, tooth extractions, periodontal surgery and root canals. Your dentist must give you a thorough examination and go through your medical history to ensure that you’re a good candidate for IV sedation. If you are, you must bring a trusted friend or family member along with you to your appointment, to assist with your recovery and transportation home.

After the Procedure
After undergoing IV sedation, you'll need some time to recover in the office and return to consciousness. You and your companion will be given clear aftercare instructions—you should have someone with you until you regain full alertness. It’s best to stay on bed rest for the remainder of the day and take any medications prescribed by your dentist.

Get the Dental Treatment You Need
The great thing about IV sedation is that it allows you to get the dental care you need without worrying about pain, discomfort or anxiety. Call your cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary W. Machiko today at (724) 719-2866 to set a date and time to visit his Pittsburgh, PA office.