If you suffer from dental anxiety, have had negative experiences at the dental office in the past or feel nervous about your treatment, our oral surgeons may recommend IV sedation to help you feel at ease in our office so that you can receive the treatment you need. IV sedation may also be recommended if you have an infection, difficulty getting numb, or have a sensitive gag reflex.

IV sedation involves using a sedative medication called an anxiolytic to help you feel relaxed, calm and comfortable. Our surgeons will likely recommend IV sedation to better your overall experience.

During IV sedation our oral surgeons will monitor you closely during your visit to ensure that you are safe and comfortable. We may also provide you with instructions on how to prepare to receive sedation or what you should do after an appointment where you received IV sedation.

IV sedation is usually administered through an injection into the hand or arm. We may also use a long-lasting local anesthetic during the procedure so that the patient will wake up feeling numb after treatment and remain comfortable after the sedation wears off.

Our oral surgeons may recommend IV sedation when:

You will be provided with detailed instructions about eating and drinking before and after your procedure, as well as instructions on post-operative care following treatment. Please follow these instructions as closely as possible.

If you have any questions about IV sedation, please contact our office.