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IV (Intravenous) Sedation – Orpington
If you feel uneasy in a dentist’s chair, have difficulty getting numb or fear needles & drills, then ask us about IV (intravenous) sedation dentistry. The skills & training required for performing IV sedation are quite rare in the dental field, making us part of a select group of dentists capable of administering complete relaxation for their patients.
IV sedation can also be used for patients with special needs or older patients with dementia, to whom it might otherwise be difficult to administer care. If you are the guardian or caretaker of someone who may benefit from IV sedation in order to complete needed dental care, please talk with us about this procedure.
For those with severe dental anxiety, IV sedation also has the advantage of sometimes causing an amnesiac effect, meaning that once your treatment is complete & the sedation fades, you may not remember the procedure at all.
You will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home after your IV sedation dentistry appointment is over. You will likely be too groggy to safely drive a car or operate other forms of transportation (such as a motorcycle or bicycle). Once you’re home, plan to spend of the rest of the day relaxing while the sedation wears off completely.
With this extremely safe procedure, your anxiety will melt away as you enter sedation that is far deeper than when done orally. You’ll never fear a visit to the dentist again!
Many patients feel self-conscious about dental treatment and nervous about visiting the dentist. We offer special care to our anxious patients through two forms of sedation to make their appointments more comfortable and relaxing.
The first type is called intravenous or IV sedation. The sedative drug is injected in a controlled manner, so that you feel relaxed during the dental treatment.
The second type is inhalation sedation, which is good if you don't like needles. A small mask is placed over your nose and mouth, and you breathe in a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This gas mixture will make you feel calm during your dental appointment. You remain awake and aware while receiving the sedation, but you will experience a deep sensation of peace and relaxation while the team work on your teeth.
Our team of dentists and nurses are specially trained to deliver these types of sedation and will make sure that you are safe and comfortable at all times during your visit.