When it comes to dental anxiety and preparing for a dentist appointment, patients want to know about what options are available for them. Just getting through your treatment can feel like an ordeal, but here at Family Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry our resident dental care provider is also the only one who is certified to administer IV sedation in Harford County, for the benefit of our patients.
IV sedation stands for intravenous sedation, and is a solution that’s comprised of many different chemicals, to block the sensation of pain and keep the patient in a state of “twilight sleep”: this means that although you are not unconscious, you will not feel any pain and have no memory of the procedure. This method of sedation is also stronger than other sedation types, such as nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. Therefore, we ask that you please bring a friend or family member to transport you to and from our office, as the effects of the sedation will not wear off immediately after surgery.
IV sedation is administered through an IV tube and needle in the hand or the arm. During your consultation with Dr. Grubb, he will discuss with you the best spots to administer the sedation solution. If you have a fear of needles, rest assured that placing the IV feels like a small pinch, and Dr. Grubb can also provider a lighter sedative before your appointment to help you relax in the chair prior to receiving IV sedation.
Some patients with dental anxiety may think they need to travel for miles or to the next town, just to find a provider with sedation dentistry that fits their needs. But rest assured that patients have access to an experienced and skilled administrator of IV sedation right here in Harford County and Havre de Grace, MD. Family Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry is the only practice in Harford County that is certified and licensed to administer IV sedation right here in our office. No need for referrals, just a quick consultation with Dr. Richard Grubb to learn more about how IV sedation can benefit your procedure.
Dr. Richard Grubb completed a residency at Sinai Hospital, where he received advanced hospital training for sedation dentistry, and has completed many successful procedures with the comfort and safety of IV sedation. Dr. Grubb is also a credentialed member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.
The most important benefits of IV sedation are comfort and no memory of the procedure. What most patients fear is feeling any sort of pain during their procedure. With IV sedation, not only will they not feel any pain, they also won’t be conscious of any pressure either. When the IV sedation is removed, patients will have no memory of the treatment either.
Patients also will not be “unconscious”: instead, patients will be in a state of deep relaxation, and can still respond to Dr. Grubb’s questions and other verbal cues. It also takes very little time for the IV sedation to take effect; for those who are fearful of needles, this may be beneficial as you’ll quickly feel the effects of the sedation and won’t think of the needle.
IV sedation is also preferred for procedures such as dental implants, because the amount of sedation can be controlled during surgery. Dr. Grubb can adjust the chemical cocktail as needed.
As one of the only providers of IV sedation in a dental practice, Family Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry is determined to keep our patients feeling comfortable and safe for their procedure. Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Grubb and learn more about how you can relieve your fears with IV sedation for your treatment.