IV sedation stands for intravenous sedation, and is a solution that’s comprised of many different chemicals designed 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 you’ll have no memory of the procedure. 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.
IVs are connected via a tube which allows fluid to safely flow into your body. The special sedative is administered gradually to ensure that the patient will have no memory of the procedure. In addition to taking stress away for the patient, IV sedation provides other benefits as well.
Dr. Grubb is proud to provide sedation dentistry to patients near Havre de Grace, MD. Simply request IV sedation to ensure that your next dental appointment is completely stress-free. Contact us to schedule a consultation or to set up your next appointment.
Yes, that’s because there are more risks associated with losing consciousness with general anesthesia. That’s why general anesthesia is reserved for invasive surgeries that typically take place in hospitals.
Conscious sedation has its own risks such as:
While complications are rare, having a trusted dentist such as Dr. Grubb administering the medication will ensure you receive the proper dosage and that the treatment will produce the best possible results. Before administering any medication, Dr. Grubb will conduct a thorough review of your medical history to identify any conditions that may put you at risk for complications. You’ll also be monitored at all times during your visit by a member of our staff, who will make sure you are safe and comfortable.
Many dentists refer to the state of awareness as “twilight sleep,” because the patient remains conscious during treatment. This is important because it allows the patient to breathe without assistance, and it also makes it possible for the patient to respond to any questions the dentist may have during treatment.
However, while you’ll technically be awake during your procedure, you’ll feel absolutely no pain and you’ll be in such a deep state of relaxation that you may not even remember the treatment once the medication wears off.
In cases where sedation isn’t medically necessary (such as for elective procedures), most dental insurance plans don’t provide coverage for this service. Still, most patients feel that any expenses they incur are well worthwhile.
Dr. Grubb and our team want our patients to be as comfortable as possible, so we’ll be happy to recommend a number of payment and financing options to help you cover the cost.