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Knowing the Difference Between General Anesthesia and IV Sedation Dentistry

People who suffer from dental anxiety would rather suffer from a toothache than walk into a dentist’s office. Unfortunately, when they don’t get the treatment they need, they’ll eventually find themselves dealing with a severe dental issue that can affect their overall health. Thanks to IV sedation dentistry in West Palm Beach, they can be relaxed and comfortable sitting in the dental chair.  

Perhaps you’ve heard about dental sedation before and are wondering about how it differs from general anesthesia. We’ve rounded up the answers you’re looking for. 

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General Anesthesia vs. IV Sedation Dentistry 

What Is General Anesthesia? 

General anesthesia refers to a strong type of sedation that involves the combination of inhaled gas and intravenous medicine. Since it puts the patient into a deep sleep while undergoing an invasive procedure, this treatment requires an anesthesiologist or a dentist with a license to administer anesthesia to administer the anesthetics.  

Since general anesthesia depresses the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, it’s not suitable for patients who have pre-existing conditions such as: 

  • High blood pressure 
  • Stroke 
  • Obesity 
  • Seizures 
  • Diabetes 
  • History of heavy alcohol abuse 

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry? 

Intravenous (IV) sedation dentistry is a pharmacological therapy that allows patients to relax and be comfortable while undergoing dental treatment of any kind – even regular cleanings. The dentist administers the sedative into a vein in your arm through a needle. Throughout your procedure, they will monitor your vitals and adjust the level of sedation as needed. 

If you choose minimal sedation, you’ll quickly slip into a relaxed state but be able to respond to your dentist’s instructions. Alternatively, moderate sedation will cause you to feel drowsy while your dentist works on your teeth.  

Your dentist will wake you up once the treatment is finished, but it can take up to six hours to fully recover from the sedative effects. For this reason, you need to arrange a ride home after your appointment. 

patient under sedation dentistry in West Palm Beach

Considering Sedation Dentistry in West Palm Beach? 

Dr. Senft at South Florida Sedation Dentistry is certified to perform IV conscious sedation procedures and will gladly answer all of your questions or concerns regarding your procedure. Call now to schedule your consultation. 

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