Intravenous Sedation (“Twilight Sedation”; IV Sedation)
Our office offers our patients the option of Intravenous Sedation or Dental Intravenous Anesthesia or to some it is referred to as “Twilight Sedation” for their dental treatment. Intravenous Sedation or IV Sedation, helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Your treatment can be completed under IV Sedation. IV 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.
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 (read below about Oral Sedation), 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.
Oral Sedation is a safe, affordable form of sedation that involves a prescription. Our office routinely prescribes Halcion (Triazolam), which is similar to Valium, but leaves your system in less time. This may be an option if you are not the ideal I.V. Sedation candidate or you have a shorter surgical procedure. When using this form of sedation you take one pill about an hour prior to your dental appointment. You must have someone available to drive you to and from your appointment. It is recommended that someone stay with you for several hours after you return home until the effects of the sedative wear off. Patients who use this form of sedation often do not remember their appointment, which can be an added benefit. The only charge for this sedation is the cost of the prescription.