Intravenous (IV) Sedation

IV sedation is an ideal option for invasive or extensive procedures, and patients with dental phobia.

After consulting with Dr. Cirac about your health history and dental needs, the recommendation for IV sedation may be given.  IV sedation is often referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although this is technically a misnomer.  You do remain conscious for the procedure, and are able to understand and respond to requests from Dr. Cirac.  

The medications used during IV sedation typically include a narcotic analgesic and a benzodiazepine, agents that address pain and anxiety.  IV sedation also produces partial or full memory loss (amnesia) after administration, with patients typically reporting that they remember virtually nothing of the dental procedure.  During IV sedation, your health and safety are protected through constant monitoring of blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen / carbon dioxide levels.

Benefits 

  • Moderate sedation for adults with severe dental anxiety
  • IV drug dosage is customized for each patient
  • Deeper sedation than nitrous oxide or oral sedation
  • Reduces gag reflex

Disadvantages 

  • More expensive than other sedation methods
  • Prior arrangements for transportation required
  • Sedative effects vary by patient
  • Patient must be in good overall health

If you have dental anxiety, or need major dental procedure completed, talk to Dr. Cirac about how IV sedation can help you get the dental care you need.