Today a number of dental practices offer oral conscious sedation – a pill that relaxes you before and during treatment. However, IV sedation is a bit more unusual in a dental setting. I am Dr. Mark Troilo, and I'd like to take a moment to explain why I offer IV sedation.
IV is short for “intravenous.” A calming medication is administered through a vein at your inner elbow or back of the hand - where you will only feel a small pinch. Fear of needles is not at all uncommon, but it doesn't have to prevent you from getting the dental care you need. If your skin is sensitive, I will apply a topical anesthetic to minimize the prick. I also offer nitrous oxide, an inhaled medication, to help very anxious patients accept the IV.
IV sedation takes effect rapidly. You quickly become comfortable and completely relaxed, with no anxiety or pain. You are unaware of the sounds, smells, and sights of dental treatment.
This is a deep level of sedation. As you lie back in the chair you will close your eyes and doze. However, you breathe normally on your own, and depending on the level of sedation, may be able to respond to verbal cues. Be assured that your vital signs are monitored continually, the amount of medication administered is carefully controlled, and you are not left alone. You begin to feel alert soon after the medication is stopped, and all effect wears off within 24 hours. Most patients have little or no recollection of the visit, the following day.
IV sedation lets you relax and allows me to do my very best work, efficiently. It is ideal for patients who are nervous, have an active gag reflex, have problems sitting in the dental chair, or need multiple procedures or an extensive one.
Sedation dentistry is a very safe, effective option. I believe it is important to offer it to my patients at Rose Hill General & Cosmetic Dentistry. If you like to learn more, call or email me at 316-768-4050, email@example.com, to schedule a consultation.