IV Sedation Waterloo

Waterloo West Dentistry
Sedation Dentistry

For a Positive Dental Experience

Intravenous (IV) sedation offers the highest level of sedation for a dental procedure, for a stress-free experience. It is a form of conscious sedation. IV sedation can be an excellent choice for anxious patients, or for longer procedures, because of the deep sedation that can be achieved safely and quickly. The sedative is administered intravenously via a needle. The anti-anxiety drug enters your bloodstream directly during your dental treatment, helping you to be completely relaxed. This experience is also known as a twilight sleep. You are not fully unconscious, but you are not very aware of your surroundings. You will have little or no memory of your dental procedure, and you may fall asleep fully.

Patients are monitored completely during dental procedures. Your dentist will monitor your vitals, including heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels. Your dosage is easily adjusted at any point. This sedation dentistry option is best for people with severe dental anxiety or those who are undergoing lengthy procedures. Many patients seeking dental treatment prefer this option to nitrous oxide or oral sedation. At Waterloo West Dentistry, we are happy to offer this for the comfort of our patients.

Sleep Dentistry

Benefits of IV Dental Sedation

Waterloo West Dentistry offers sedation dentistry to help our patients with dental anxiety or dental phobias, and to provide a more comfortable experience through longer procedures. We offer a variety of conscious sedation dentistry methods. However, sleep dentistry may be most suitable for patients with high anxiety.

IV sedation dentistry provides the deepest conscious sedation levels for a highly relaxed dental appointment experience. While you are not unconscious, you are generally unaware of your surroundings and the procedure that is being performed. You can respond to verbal direction, and breathing is not impacted, although it will be slow and deep. Your vitals are monitored throughout; your dentist can adjust your dosage easily, as necessary during your procedure.

Deeper levels of sedation are possible with this, compared to nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, or oral sedation, with oral sedatives in pill form. You feel the effects very quickly, and don't experience pain during dental procedures. Sleep sedation has an amnesiatic effect, so you don't remember your dental procedure when you come around, which some patients prefer. Finally, a key advantage is that it allows you to remain still and cooperate for a long time, so a lengthy dental treatment can be completed in one appointment.

Before and After Dental Treatment

With IV Dental Sedation

At Waterloo West Dentistry, we will discuss your sedation options during your consultation.

We will review your health and medical history, including any medications you take. Be sure to advise us if you are taking any blood thinners or other medications, so we can determine the best treatments for you. We will make recommendations based on your needs, and consider sleep sedation if it is right for you.

Before your sedated procedure, do not eat or drink anything, including water, for at least six hours beforehand, and preferably nothing since the night before. Unless advised not to by your dentist, take all routine medications as normal with a small amount of water. Be sure to remove contacts before coming for your dental appointment. You should also remove any dentures, partial plates or removable bridgework before coming, or bring a container for your devices so the dental office can hold them.

Our dental team is qualified and experienced in sedation dentistry, and we can safely offer you the deep sedation benefits of IV sedatives. There is a very small risk of complications. However, you may experience ongoing drowsiness, dry mouth, mild nausea, and headaches, which should pass with time. If you have an allergic reaction, or experience severe nausea, fever, or pain, contact your dentist right away.

It will take you 24 hours to recover fully from this deep sedation; you should not drive before that time. Be sure to have a family member drive you to and from your procedure. You can eat and drink after your appointment, once the local anesthesia wears off, unless your dentist advises you not to because of the specific procedure you had completed. You should start with clear liquids, then a smoothie, before trying more substantial foods. Again, always follow the postoperative guidelines we will give to you for the procedure you received.

At Waterloo West Dentistry, we place a high priority on the comfort and care of each patient. We are committed to maintaining high quality of service. We also prioritize your overall health and wellbeing. As such, we are pleased to offer conscious sedation options to remove any roadblocks to receiving needed dental work.

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