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IV Sedation – Lakeway, TX

The Strongest Form of Sedation Dentistry Available

When people think of sedation dentistry, they tend to think of people who have extreme fears of dentistry that prevents them from getting necessary treatment. However, sedation dentistry is not only ideal for this purpose. When multiple treatments need to be completed and you want to get them done all in one appointment, stronger sedatives are generally the best way to go. With IV sedation provided at Eaddy Dentistry, you can get the care that you need in the most calming way possible. Keep reading to learn how the process works!

The IV Sedation Process

An IV drip.

Before we begin, we’ll confirm if you have any allergies or medical conditions that could influence your ability to receive IV sedation. We’ll also confirm what medications you are taking and which anesthesia you’ve had before, such as for a previous surgery. After confirming your eligibility for IV sedation, we’ll administer the IV, then allow the sedative to start flowing and ask you to relax. Before you know it, you just might find yourself in a deep sleep, even though IV sedation is not the same as general anesthesia. After treatment is complete, we’ll remove the sedative and give you time in the dental chair to get reacclimated to the world around you.

Benefits of IV Sedation

A man at his dental appointment.

There are many benefits to consider when choosing IV sedation for your next dental treatment. For one, IV sedation is actually safer than other forms because of how closely our team monitors you during treatment. We can also pinpoint exactly how much anesthesia is being administered to the milliliter, ensuring that your comfort levels are being just as closely monitored as your vitals.

Additionally, if you have a long treatment to complete, such as multiple wisdom tooth extractions, IV sedation makes the whole process go by incredibly quickly. In many cases, patients do not even remember most of their treatment.

Risk and Side Effects to Keep in Mind

A young woman at her dental appointment.

Because IV sedation is the strongest form of sedation dentistry available, the effects can take some time to wear off completely. Therefore, it is important that you always have a friend or family member drive you to and from the office so you don’t put others at risk. Additionally, if you currently use tobacco, do not use it prior to your treatment. If you have sleep apnea or are obese, talk with your doctor before undergoing IV sedation as these conditions only increase the risk for complications.

Are You a Good Candidate for IV Sedation?

A dentist performing an exam on a patient.

IV sedation is ideal for a wide variety of uses, especially those who have extreme levels of anxiety or fear when they visit the dentist. However, it’s also ideal for those who have multiple treatments to complete or those with physical or mental disabilities that make it difficult for them to sit still in the dental chair. Additionally, if you have a sensitive gag reflex or you experience chronic jaw pain that makes it difficult to keep your mouth open, you may be a good candidate for IV sedation.