Premier Oral Surgery Offers IV Sedation for Our Patient’s Comfort
If you suffer from anxiety or fear when you visit the dentist, have a low pain threshold, or require a large amount of dental work, IV Sedation may be right for you. Located in Norwalk, CT, at Premier Oral Surgery, our office offers a variety of restorative dentistry and surgical services to assist with wisdom teeth removal, bone grafts, dental implants, facial trauma, and more. With the more invasive procedures, our oral surgeon may recommend IV sedation to help keep our patients comfortable.
IV Sedation may be appropriate for patients who:
- Have a low pain threshold
- Can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Need a large amount of dental work completed
Learn More About Sedation Dentistry When You Visit Our Oral Surgeon
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during procedures. It can be used for everything from wisdom teeth removal and dental implants to a simple tooth cleaning. Prior to the procedure, our oral surgeon will meet with you to discuss your needs and the severity of your fear to determine if IV sedation is right for you. Serving patients throughout Norwalk, Westport, and the Stamford, CT area, at Premier Oral Surgery, our team strives to help our patients get the care they need with minimal stress and worry.
While under IV sedation, patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia. Once you are comfortable and your vitals are being monitored, our oral surgeon will start the IV and sedative medications. An intravenous catheter will be placed into a vein and as the medication enters your body you will feel relaxed and drowsy. When you are properly sedated, a local anesthetic will be given (sedatives do not block pain, so local anesthetics are given for your increased comfort) and the dental work will begin. Once the procedure is complete, the sedatives will be stopped, and you’ll gradually become alert as the IVs are removed. Depending on what dental procedures were performed, any post-treatment instructions will be given to both you and your escort during your recovery. Finally, when you are responsive and can walk comfortably, you will be released to go home.
Understanding the Risks & Recovery Process with IV Sedation
In modern dentistry, IV sedation is considered as a procedure which is absolutely safe for the patients. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some possible side effects and risks associated with intravenous sedation. Some of them are common with other sedation methods, while some are specifically related to the intravenous administration of the sedative medications. When you choose Premier Oral Surgery in Norwalk, CT, you can be sure that our caring and compassionate oral surgeon will take the time to present you with all the information you need prior to surgery.
Instructions to the patient undergoing sedation:
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Do Not eat or drink for at least 6 hours prior to the procedure
- Have someone who is above 18 years of age accompany you to and from the procedure.
While IV sedation may not be right for everyone, our oral surgeon has experience using this method to help patients throughout Westport, Norwalk, and Stamford, CT with anxiety or those requiring surgical assistance for impacted teeth, dental implants, and wisdom teeth removal. To see if IV sedation is a good fit for you, contact our oral surgeon to set up a consultation.