What Is IV Sedation

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IV sedation, also referred to as intravenous sedation, is commonly used for wisdom teeth extractions and dental implants, with those procedures typically performed at an oral surgeon’s office.

We’re one of the elite general dentistry practices in Colorado to offer IV sedation, not only for wisdom teeth extractions and implants, but also for other types of dental procedures (including fillings, crowns, root canals, and gum disease treatments).

IV sedation dentistry gives people who may have avoided the dentist for years a safe, comfortable solution for seeking their dental care.

Here’s how IV sedation dentistry works: As the name implies, you’ll receive the general anesthesia through an IV line that’s connected into a vein in your arm. Within seconds of receiving IV sedation, you’ll be unconscious. You won’t be aware of anything that’s going on during the dental treatment, you’ll feel no pain, and you’ll have no memory of it afterward.

A nurse anesthetist who specializes in IV sedation dentistry will administer the anesthesia and monitor your vital signs during the entire procedure, so that Dr. O’Leary or Dr. Peppler (both of whom are experienced sedation dentists) can focus on your dental treatment.

For IV sedation, you’ll need someone to pick you up after your dental appointment and then monitor you for 2-4 hours after you leave our office, as the full effects of the anesthesia fully wear off.

IV sedation is highly recommended if you suffer from extreme dental anxiety, if you have trouble getting numb with Novocain, if a disability makes it difficult for you to undergo dental treatments, and/or if you’re undergoing a complex dental procedure.

Is IV sedation the best approach for you? Oral sedation vs. IV sedation?  Oral sedation vs. laughing gas?  We can discuss your options, along with our other forms of sedation for dentistry (nitrous oxide and conscious sedation), in a free dental consultation. In the consultation, which includes a 3D dental X-ray, we’ll go over your dental history and your medical history.

For further information about IV sedation dentistry, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (303) 323-8149, or e-mail contact@sedationdentistdenverco.com.

Please make note: Our dental office is in Lone Tree, near Park Meadows Mall. We’re close to: Denver, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Centennial, Englewood, and southeast Aurora. We accept most types of dental insurance, including Delta Dental Premier, Assurant, United Concordia, and Aetna.