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.
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.
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.
If you experience feelings of anxiety or fear when you are in the dental treatment chair, sedation dentistry may be the ideal way for you to stay relaxed and pain-free during your visit with us. Additionally, many of Dr. Grubb’s patients in the Havre de Grace area who don’t suffer from dental anxiety choose sedation simply because it makes their visits more comfortable.
Sedation dentistry also makes treatment more convenient for busy patients who can consolidate multiple procedures into one visit with us. It’s also a great solution for patients who have difficulty staying still during treatment or who plan to undergo lengthy treatments, such as receiving dental implants.
When performed by an experienced and highly-trained dentist such as Dr. Grubb, dental sedation is totally safe. Before administering sedation, 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 patients are in during IV sedation 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 sedation, you will 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 sedation wears off..
In cases where IV sedation dentistry is not 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 for sedation during treatment 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 of sedation.