IV Sedation FAQ

We’re proud to be able to offer our patients the benefits of IV sedation. IV sedation is a safe, effective method of sedation dentistry that makes it possible for our patients to feel completely relaxed and comfortable in the dentist’s chair, no matter what treatment you might be receiving.

We want our patients to have access to all the information they need to feel comfortable with IV sedation, which is why we’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you still have questions after reading our FAQ, reach out to us! We’re always happy to answer questions and provide information about our methods.

What Is IV Sedation?

IV sedation is a type of sedation dentistry, comparable to laughing gas or oral sedation. All of these sedation methods are types of medication that eliminate anxiety and help our patients relax.

Instead of wearing a mask or taking a pill, this sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream through an IV. If you’re receiving IV sedation, you can expect to feel calm and maybe even sleepy—even if you’re undergoing a dental treatment that you had been worried about before.

What Is the Difference Between IV Sedation vs. General Anesthesia?

IV sedation and general anesthesia often get confused, but the two are different. Both of these sedation methods use IVs to administer medication and reduce anxiety in patients, but general anesthesia is much stronger.

While you may be relaxed enough to fall asleep with IV sedation, it is much milder than general anesthesia. General anesthesia will put you completely asleep throughout the full procedure and needs to be monitored by a licensed anesthesiologist.

What Are the Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry?

The greatest benefit of IV sedation dentistry is the peace of mind that comes with it. No matter how apprehensive you might be feeling about your dental procedure, IV sedation will help you relax completely.

Because the medication in IV sedation goes directly into the bloodstream, it’s also the fastest-acting of all our sedation dentistry methods. If a patient is short on time and is unable to wait the amount of time it takes for oral sedation to take effect, for example, IV sedation is an alternative.

IV sedation dentistry is also a great option for people who don’t like the idea of wearing a mask for laughing gas. Patients who receive IV sedation often don’t remember their treatment afterward, which can be a relief for some.

Are There Any IV Sedation Risks?

Thousands of people use IV sedation every year safely and comfortably, and it’s considered a safe, effective treatment. However, like any medical treatment, it’s important to be aware of any potential risks. 

Dr. Schaack will carefully evaluate your unique health history, conditions, and medications to determine if you are a good candidate for IV sedation. Any medical conditions or medications you are on will be taken into consideration for careful planning by the doctor prior to beginning your sedation.

During your sedation, prudent judgment and extensive state-of-the-art monitoring equipment are utilized to ensure all vital signs and breathing levels remain at safe levels.

There is a very small chance of respiratory distress during IV sedation. If you’ve previously experienced respiratory distress, let your dentist know! They will be able to work with you to make sure you receive sedation treatment that’s right for you. At our office, your health always comes first.

As with all sedation, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home after an IV sedation procedure, to avoid any risk of impaired driving.

What Does IV Sedation Feel Like?

Everyone will feel slightly different under IV sedation, but you can expect to feel fully relaxed almost immediately after the IV is placed. IV sedation eliminates any worry or anxiety you might be feeling before your treatment.

Some people might feel relaxed enough to drift off during their treatment. IV sedation is relaxing enough that it’s also common to be unable to remember the treatment in much detail after it’s over.

IV Sedation Makes any Dental Treatment Comfortable and Relaxing.

If you still have questions about IV sedation, contact us today! We are looking forward to offering you the benefits of IV sedation and a completely comfortable dental procedure.