Relax During Your Procedure with Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Relaxed woman with arms spread wide on beachWe understand that some of our patients experience significant anxiety before or during their procedure. Because our patients' comfort and safety are of paramount importance to us, we offer intravenous (IV) sedation at our Montgomery-area locations. IV sedation is delivered via a thin tube inserted into the back of the hand or the arm. This delivers medication directly to the bloodstream, providing our doctors with the ability to adjust and precisely control the level of sedation during your procedure. With IV sedation, you will be conscious and able to respond to your surgeon, but relaxed and comfortable. To learn more about whether IV sedation is right for you, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

Precise Control of Your Sedation Level

At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, we offer IV sedation because it offers our doctors complete control over the level of your sedation. The ability to adjust this level during your procedure is a significant advantage over other forms of sedation. With other types of sedation, the effects can be unreliable from person to person, and could require hours to find the proper dosage before beginning the procedure. With IV sedation, the effects are effective almost immediately, and can be tailored to meet each individual's needs. 

Unmatched Comfort and Safety

Many dental offices refer to IV sedation as "sleep dentistry," which can be confusing because you are technically fully awake. Under the effects of this type of sedation, patients are able to respond and follow directions, while remaining completely relaxed and comfortable with everything going on around them. You will also be able to communicate with the doctor if you are feeling any discomfort while the procedure is being performed.

The most common medications administered intravenously are benzodiazepines, which are typically prescribed to treat acute anxiety disorders. Tell your doctor if you are currently taking any of these medications so that we can adjust your sedation accordingly. Anti-anxiety drugs administered during IV sedation can produce a mild amnesiac quality, so most patients remember very little of their treatment. 

Compared to oral or inhaled alternatives, IV sedation allows patients to achieve a much deeper level of relaxation. Additionally, since there is no airway tube involved and patients can consciously cooperate with instructions from the surgeon, the safety of the procedure is not compromised in any way. 

Pre- and Post-operative Care

Like any surgical procedure, you should not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours prior to your treatment. After the procedure is completed, you will need someone else to drive you home since you will be groggy. You should not perform any strenuous activities or drive a car for 24 hours after your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions regarding aftercare for your specific procedure.

Contact Our Office

If you need to undergo an oral surgery procedure and are interested in learning more about the benefits of IV sedation, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.

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