Intravenous, or IV Sedation, is often the patient choice for oral surgery – dental implant placement or wisdom teeth extractions. Medications are administered through a line inserted into the vein. This is also commonly known as “twilight anesthesia”, as it is a depressed level of consciousness, with the ability to respond to verbal commands.
Most patients will not remember anything about the procedure that was performed under this type of anesthesia. Supplemental oxygen is delivered through the nose, and the patient’s vital signs are closely monitored during and after the procedure.
The patient remains conscious during IV Sedation,and is able to understand and respond to the doctor. However, the sedation induces a deep state of relaxation, and a feeling of not being bothered by what is happening. Additionally, IV sedation produces either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the sedatives first become effective until the time that they wear off. As a result, time seems to pass very quickly, and the patient does not remember anything, so that is seems that they were “asleep” during the procedure.
Types of Sedation
Floss offers IV sedation, because IV therapy is the gold-standard for sedation – allowing rapid onset and complete control by the doctor, resulting in increased patient safety.
Many practices offer “sedation dentistry” in the form of oral sedatives. This is a valium or halcion pill that relaxes the patient. However, this pales in comparison to the comfort and effectiveness of IV sedation administered with the appropriate equipment and training.
What Parameters are Measured?
While under IV sedation, we monitor heart rate and rhythm, oxygen, end-tidal CO2, pulse oxymetry, non-invasive blood pressure, and respiratory rate!
What is Intranasal Sedation?
For patients who require lesser sedation, we offer intranasal sedation where aerosolized sedatives are inhaled in order to induce calmness, anxiety relief, and sometimes sleep.
Intranasal medication delivery offers an alternative method of drug delivery that is often as fast in onset as intravenous medication, usually painless, inexpensive, easy to deliver, and effective in a variety of dental procedures.
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