A professional anesthesiologist administers IV sedation during your care, which is all done right here in our office. IV sedation can provide the highest level of sedation and has the quickest time to take effect. It allows us to have more control over the level of your sedation, which is a big advantage over simply taking a pill. With this method, most people won’t remember their procedure, and time seems to fly by. An hour appointment will literally seem like two minutes. The medication is administered directly into the bloodstream, producing deep sedation and an unawareness of the procedure. The level of sedation is very accurate and safe, and you’ll have no memory of your visit. The technique can be used for long appointments that involve more extensive dental work, as well as to alleviate the concerns of fearful patients.
If you prefer a lighter level of sedation, or your treatment allows for it, we offer an oral conscious sedation option. You simply take a pill an hour before your appointment. As you sit in the dental chair, you gradually reach a very relaxed level of sedation but can still respond to any questions the doctor may ask. Throughout the procedure, your vital signs are monitored. And when your work is completed, you have a friend or family member drive you home. In about an hour, you will be back to normal.