Our IV Sedation treatment is a form of dental sedation where medication is transferred directly into the patients bloodstream. The effects will be felt almost immediately.
IV Sedation is becoming popular as it is the fastest way to feel relaxed and calm, for a pain free procedure.
IV Sedation is the most powerful form of sedation that we offer at LA Dental Clinic. It is a general anesthetic. Under IV sedation a patient is fully unconscious. This form of treatment is ideal for longer and more extensive dental surgeries.
Benefits of IV Sedation:
- It works fast
- Fully unconscious
- Perfect for long surgeries
- Helps patients with anxiety
This form of sedation is ideal for those who are going through a minor procedure, or those who simply wish to be medically relaxed during the visit. It is common with this form of treatment for patients to feel quite drowsy.
Before the procedure
Your dentist and the anesthesiologist will ask you a few questions before you undergo IV sedation, to be sure that the treatment is a good option for you. Be prepared to answer the following simple questions:
- Do you have any allergies related to an anesthetic?
- What is your previous medical history, have you gone under before?
- What is your current health status?
- Are you taking any other medications?
These questions help your dentist determine whether or not the IV sedation will be effective for you. It helps make it the safest possible experience.
What Does It Feel Like?
IV sedation requires the patient to feel relatively comfortable with needles, as the medication is transferred through an IV device, with the help of an anesthesiologist.
The process feels similar to getting a blood test at first, however the needle that is inserted is tiny, and with the medication, it will become unnoticeable.
You can choose whether or not you want the IV to be situated in your arm or your hand, so that you can feel your most comfortable.
Our dentists and dental assistants will closely monitor you during your procedure, you will be fully unconscious.
Will I Feel Any Pain During My Dental Procedure?
No, you will not feel pain while under the influence of IV sedatives. You will have no memory of the procedure as you will be fully unconscious.
There may be pain after your dental procedure as IV sedation is generally used for more extensive oral surgeries like wisdom tooth removal.
You will not feel pain during the procedure however you will likely have to recover from the surgery. Your dentist can provide you with instructions for post-treatment care to ensure your recovery is as pain-free as possible.
After the procedure
Once you finish the procedure, you will be given some time to rest and allow the effects of the medication to subside. Bring a designated driver as you will still feel drowsy for a few hours after the procedure.
Sometimes patients report mild nausea after sedative treatments. We recommend that you try to avoid eating a large meal after the procedure, or taking other medications, unless your dentist has prescribed them.
How long is the recovery time?
You will wake up once the procedure is finished however you will feel tired or groggy. Patients cannot drive after IV sedation. You may experience:
- Sore throat
- A dry mouth
- Vomiting (rarely)
You will be able to return to work the next day following your sedative dental appointment. You are monitored carefully by our dental team while you are under and you will have a breathing tube.
The breathing tube is painless but it can result in the sensation of a dry mouth or hoarseness after your treatment.
Our anesthesiologist will give you the right amount of medication for your age, height and weight so that you will be able to wake up soon after your procedure.
IV Sedation – Costs and Prices
IV sedation is the most expensive form of sedation that we offer at LA Dental Clinic. This is due to many factors. Unlike more mild forms of sedation, IV sedation is a powerful anesthetic.
It requires the assistance of an anesthesiologist to ensure that you get the proper dose of medication. You will also require a breathing aid as you will be fully unconscious.
The cost is about $1200 for a 2 hour procedure, you are completely out and wake up when the procedure is finished. This treatment can be used with both adults and children.