Hospital Intravenous Sedation, or “IV sedation”, is the administering of anti-anxiety drugs, directly into the blood system during dental treatment.
Many dental offices use term “sleep dentistry” or “twilight sleep” when referring to hospital IV sedation. This suggests that IV sedation involves a patient being put to sleep. However, in reality, patients remain conscious and awake during IV sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.
How Does Hospital Intravenous Sedation Work?
IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation, a deep feeling of calm and a reduction of anxious feeling during a dental procedure. Further, the drugs used for IV sedation produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much of what happened. Many people remember nothing at all. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were “asleep” during the procedure.
Will Any Other Drugs Be Given During Hospital IV Sedation?
Yes, you will likely be given other drugs prior to the actual IV sedation application. The drugs which are usually given for IV sedation are not painkillers, but anti-anxiety drugs. These drugs will help relax you and make you forget what happens during your dental procedure. If you fear the injection itself, your mouth will not be numbed until the IV sedation has fully kicked in. Dr. Spitz will then wait until you are sufficiently numbed before starting your procedure.
How Is Hospital IV Sedation Administered?
“Intravenous” means that your sedation drug will be put directly into a vein. This is done with a thin needle that is put into a vein in either the arm or the back of your hand. The needle is wrapped up with a soft plastic tube. Once the needle enters the vein, it is slid out leaving the soft plastic tube in place. The sedation drugs are then put into the patient through the soft plastic tube. The tube then remains in place during the procedure.
Throughout the procedure, your pulse and oxygen levels will be carefully monitored. Blood pressure before and after the procedure will also be checked with a blood pressure measuring machine. Because the procedure takes place in a hospital, all the appropriate machines and emergency staff are already there to assist if anything does not go as planned.
Are There Conditions That Create Risks For Hospital IV Sedation?
Hospital IV sedation is extremely safe when carried out under the supervision of a specially-trained dentist. However, contraindications can still occur. Here are factors that could create problems: pregnancy, allergies to benzodiazepines, alcohol intoxication, clinical or serious depression, and glaucoma. Any serious health conditions should be reported to your doctor prior to any medical or dental procedures.
What Are The Advantages Of Hospital IV Sedation?
Hospital IV sedation is preferred if patients do not want to be aware of the procedure. Moreover, the onset of action during IV sedation is very rapid, which allows dosage and level of sedation to easily be tailored to meet individual patient needs. This is a huge advantage compared to oral sedation, where the effects can be very unreliable.
Another benefit of hospital IV sedation is that it is both highly effective and highly reliable. The maximum level of sedation can be reached with IV is deeper than with oral or inhalation sedation and amnesia is usually produced during the process.
The gag reflex is reduced with hospital IV sedation and unlike general anesthesia, IV sedation allows patients to remain conscious so they can cooperate with instructions.
What Are The Disadvantages To Hospital IV Sedation?
Although the benefits are significant, patients can still experience complications at the site where the needle entered. Moreover, many specialists claim that this method does not actually help reduce or eliminate anxiety. Recovery from IV administered drugs may not be complete at the end of dental treatment either, so patients need to be escorted home and watched by a responsible adult after the procedure. And finally, hospital IV sedation is more expensive than other sedation options.
Come Meet The Amazing Staff At SmileBoston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
Do you live in the Boston area and have a desire to fix your missing or damaged teeth? Would you love to make this happen in a short period of time without anxiety about your procedure? Dr. Spitz and his wonderful staff may be able to help you calmly get your smile back with sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option that has helped many patients who had previously been negatively impacted by fear and anxiety at the dentist. SmileBoston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry has provided many stunning smile transformations and your smile could be next. Still want to know more about how sedation dentistry can benefit you, the process or financing options? Please feel free to peruse the rest of our website or call one of our friendly staff members today. Then call us for a free, no-obligation consultation.