No one wants to be awake for an oral surgery procedure. There’s more than one reason to consider working with a dentist who offers IV sedation. Learn why this might be the best option for you.
What Does IV Sedation Entail?
There are varying degrees of sedation: minimal, moderate and deep. For some patients, minimal sedation is enough to see them through a relatively simple procedure. Patients who are undergoing long or complex procedures or patients with high anxiety levels, sensitive gag reflexes or other concerns can benefit from IV sedation.
Intravenous sedation involves the insertion of a very thin IV needle to administer an anesthetic that keeps you comfortably sedated in a dreamlike sleep for the entirety of the procedure. This means you will not be aware of your surroundings in any capacity during the procedure. This is not the case with minimal sedation techniques, like nitrous oxide.
Is IV Sedation Right for Me?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to IV sedation. Everyone is unique and will bring their own individual concerns to the table. It is important to remember IV sedation will require you closely follow the instructions you are given regarding fasting prior to the procedure. You also must be accompanied by an adult who can drive you home when the procedure is completed, as you will not be able to drive yourself.
To find out if IV sedation is a good option for you, call us today at Katy Cypress Oral Surgery & Implant Center.