Intravenous (or IV) sedation is an excellent method of treatment for patients who have severe dental anxiety or extensive dental needs.
During IV sedation, the patient is administered medication intravenously. This combination of medications induces a drowsy and relaxed feeling, enabling the patient to remain completely calm and sedated throughout their treatment.
Throughout this process, the patient’s vital signs are monitored. Although patients are not completely unconscious, many patients sleep through their dental appointment. Few patients have any memory of their treatment.
Patients who have IV sedation must have a friend or family member bring them to the dental office and return them home.
Like oral sedation, IV sedation is an excellent method of treatment for patients who have any of the following concerns:
IV sedation offers an advantage over oral sedation, however, as it allows Dr. Essen to specifically monitor and balance the amount of medication provided to the patient at any given moment.
Dr. Essen also provides oral sedation as an alternative for patients with dental anxiety and other needs. Please contact us to see if either type of sedation may be appropriate for you. We will gladly discuss your needs in an understanding way.