Our office offers our patients the option of Intravenous (IV) Sedation or Dental Intravenous Anesthesia; to some, it is referred to as “Twilight Sedation” for their dental treatment. Intravenous Sedation or “twilight sleep” helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Intravenous sedation or “IV sedation” (twilight sedation) is designed to better enable you to undergo your dental procedures while you are very relaxed; it will enable you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm, and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a “twilight sleep”.
If you choose the option of intravenous sedation your IV sedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by the doctor, therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility. For more information about IV Sedation and dental treatments, please call our office: (843) 795-1111.
How is the IV Sedation Administered?
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. At times a patient’s vein may not be maintainable, in these situations, the medications will be administered and the needle retrieved — both scenarios will achieve the same desired level of conscious sedation. Once again some patients may be asleep while others will slip in and out of sleep. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.
The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. It is very safe, much safer than oral sedation. With IV sedation a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. Along with IV sedation, there are also other different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia.
Along with IV sedation, there are also different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia and oral sedation or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation — basically, we can tailor the anesthesia to your need or desire. Once again, all modalities are administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist in the safety and comfort of our office environment.
Sedation dentistry is also a great option for the elderly, the disabled, or simply — the fearful!
IV Sedation for the Elderly
As we age, our oral health becomes more important than ever. Periodontal disease can lead to bone and tooth loss, which affects nearly every part of our daily lives. To lead full and active lives, we need our teeth and gums. They allow us to enjoy food, support speech, and good conversation and facilitate digestion. Our team is dedicated to treating elderly patients with care and commitment to comfort and health.
Elderly patients as a group tend to avoid dental visits for a variety of reasons, including more pressing medical concerns, anxiety about treatment, the hardship of transportation, or fixed incomes. Once their oral health has reached an unmanageable point, fear and embarrassment further keep these patients away from the dentist.
For elderly patients embarrassed or fearful of their current oral state, sedation dentistry provides the opportunity for our doctors to treat these conditions while the patient remains relaxed and unaware until “awaking” to an improved oral state!
IV Sedation for the Disabled
It may be especially difficult for people with disabilities to obtain access to proper dental care. They must find a dentist who is skilled and compassionate, and who can provide services for which some dentists may not be qualified. At James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry, we provide the expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, and dedication to assisting special-needs patients necessary to ensure great oral care for our patients.
Disabled patients may face added challenges in maintaining their oral health. Their disability may make it difficult to brush or floss regularly; they may also suffer a severe gag reflex or dry mouth as a result of medication. Our team meets these challenges with sedation dentistry for the disabled.
IV Sedation for the Fearful
Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.
If you suffer from dental phobia — fear no more! At James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry, we are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Not only will our team treat you with delicacy and care, but IV sedation will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way.
If you would like more information about IV Sedation, please call and speak with someone in our office: (843) 795-1111.