Q: What is IV sedation dentistry?
A: IV sedation is sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as "sleep dentistry," but the patient is conscious, not asleep, during an IV sedation procedure. An anti-anxiety drug is administered via an intravenous (IV) needle, putting the patient into a state of deep relaxation. The sedation drug also produces a type of amnesia from the time it's administered until it wears off. Consequently, the patient has little or no memory of the dental procedures performed, and time will appear to have passed very quickly.
Q: Can you feel pain during the procedure?
A: No. After the sedative is administered the patient is numbed.
Q: How is IV sedation different from a sleeping pill?
A: Sleeping pills can be unpredictable, often needing a long time to take effect and to wear off. Patients can emerge confused and groggy. IV sedation takes effect quickly, and alertness returns more readily.
Q: Is IV sedation safe?
A: IV sedation dentistry is extremely safe when it's carried out under the supervision of an experienced dentist like Dr. Carter, who is specially trained and licensed to administer sedation drugs and monitor patient response.