In the next part of our Sedation Series at the office of Poulos & Somers, we’ll be discussing IV sedation, which is one of the best options for patients who are nervous about an upcoming dental surgery, or who have serious dental anxiety. Let’s take a look at the basics of IV sedation now. 

What Is IV Sedation And How Does It Work?

IV sedation is the deepest level of sedation that is provided at most dental offices. Though Poulos & Somers does offer general anesthesia for some treatments, IV sedation is usually a better alternative.

This treatment uses the same types of sedative medications used in oral conscious sedation to reduce your level of consciousness, and keep you feeling safe and comfortable throughout your appointment. However, these drugs are administered intravenously with an IV drip, which means that they enter your bloodstream right away, without being digested in your stomach.

This means that IV sedation typically causes a deeper overall state of sedation compared to oral conscious sedation, and it takes effect more quickly. It’s quite common for patients to forget most of what happens during their treatment, and to sleep through their entire appointment.
However, it’s important to note that IV sedation does not render you completely unconscious. You’ll be able to breathe on your own without a ventilator, and you can be roused and respond to verbal commands, in most cases. 

What Are The Side Effects Of IV Sedation?

IV sedation can have a number of side effects which may last up to 4-6 hours or longer after your treatment. Immediately after your treatment, you will feel groggy and confused. You may not remember conversations that you have for a few minutes after waking up. Some patients also may cry after being sedated, even if they are not feeling upset. 

You may also get a headache, an upset stomach, or feel nauseous. You will likely feel a bit drowsy and “out of it,” for a while after your treatment. You should not drive after being sedated, as your motor skills and judgment will be impaired.

Because you can’t drive yourself home and the side effects of sedation will last for several hours, we require you to bring along a responsible adult with you to your appointment. This can be a friend, partner, or family member. We will need to release you into their care, ensuring that you can get home safely. If you don’t bring someone with you to your appointment, we will not be able to sedate you. 

How Do I Know If IV Sedation Is Right For Me?

IV sedation is a good option for patients who are undergoing multiple invasive oral surgeries, like tooth extractions or dental implant placements. With IV sedation, you can sleep through your appointment, and you won’t feel nervous or anxious.

IV sedation can also be used for patients with severe dental anxiety. Since you will forget most of your appointment and sleep through your treatment, you won’t have to worry about feelings of negativity and fear. 

Get The Help You Need To Feel Safe & Comfortable With IV Sedation

At the office of Poulos & Somers, we offer a full range of sedation services, including IV sedation. To find out if IV sedation is right for you, get in touch with the team at Poulos & Somers now to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. Contact us online or give us a call at (303) 832-4867 to get started.