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What to Expect With IV Sedation

Did you know that around 22% of Americans skip their dental appointments due to fear and anxiety? While a trip to the dentist isn’t exactly fun for most people, putting off these visits increases the likelihood of tooth loss, dental infections, and even oral cancer. Thankfully, a pain-free and stress-free dental experience is made possible with the help of a Palm Beach sedation dentist. 

Facts About IV Sedation You Should Know 

What Is IV Sedation? 

Intravenous (IV) sedation is a widely-used dental sedation technique that involves the administration of an anti-anxiety drug through the blood. Although IV sedation is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” it doesn’t put you to sleep.  

How Does It Work? 

Before your dental procedure, your dentist will place an IV in your arm or hand. As soon as they push sedative medications through the needle into your bloodstream, you’ll be in a dream-like, relaxed state. However, you’ll still be able to respond to your dentist’s questions and instructions. 

The dental team will monitor your vitals throughout the entire procedure. Your dentist will keep an eye out for any physical signs that may require them to adjust the sedation level as needed. Meanwhile, you’ll feel as if time is speeds up while you undergo IV sedation.  

What Happens Immediately After the Treatment? 

Once your dentist completes the treatment, they’ll rouse you from the sedative state. Your memories of your procedure will be few and far between. If you struggle with dental anxiety, be glad to know that the sights and sounds you experienced while sitting in the dental chair will be hazy at best. 

Moreover, you’ll feel a little drowsy immediately after your dental procedure. Since it can take hours for the sedative effects to wear off, you won’t be able to drive your car. For this reason, it’s best to arrange a ride home before showing up for your appointment.  

For the 24 hours following the procedure, be sure to get plenty of rest and avoid making important decisions. You should also stay away from alcohol because this can cause nausea and vomiting.  

Do You Need to See a Palm Beach Sedation Dentist? 

The team of dental professionals at South Florida Sedation Dentistry wants you to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible during your visit. Contact our office to make an appointment today!  

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