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IV Sedation Dentistry

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It’s unfortunate that many people have come to associate visits to the dentist with fear, anxiety, pain and discomfort. Now, advances in dental techniques, equipment and treatment options are helping to make this association a thing of the past. Dental sedation has also played a major role in making dental procedures more comfortable for all types of patients.

IV sedation is one treatment option which helps patients to feel calm and comfortable for the duration of dental procedures.

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Other sedation options are given in the form of a pill or inhaled before beginning a dental procedure. As the name suggests, IV sedation is administered intravenously. This may sound scary, but it’s a routine procedure and most patients don’t feel any discomfort having the IV inserted. During the procedure – which can include anything from regular teeth cleaning to more extensive dental work – sedation medication is administered in the proper dosage.

One of the advantages of IV sedation is that it does not put the patient completely to sleep. In fact, this technique is also called conscious sedation. The patient is awake and responsive during the procedure, making it much safer than full anesthesia, yet it’s very effective.

With IV sedation, patients are deeply relaxed, not fully aware of their surroundings, and generally don’t remember the experience. The calming effect of the sedative takes effect almost immediately and wears off after the procedure is completed. Plus, if necessary, the dosage can be adjusted by the dentist during the procedure.

IV Sedation May Help You

Ask your dentist if you are a good candidate for IV sedation. Generally, this sedation technique is recommended for patients who:

  • Require extensive or invasive dental work,
  • Are extremely anxious or fearful of dental visits,
  • Experience anxiety during teeth cleanings and dental procedures,
  • Have had traumatic experiences with dentists in the past,
  • Can be triggered by sounds and smells related to the dentist’s office,
  • Have painfully sensitive teeth,
  • Sense a strong gag reflex,
  • Have difficulty getting numb or staying numb with local anesthesia.

Sedation Is Available at Briglia Dental

In order to administer IV sedation in their office, dentists must be well trained and fully certified in sleep dentistry. Dr. Briglia is certified in oral and IV sedation and has 16 years of experience administering these to patients. He is also an active member of the American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia & Sedation in Dentistry and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

Talk with the caring team of professionals at the Briglia Dental Group to find out if sedation is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

So, you may be one of the 10% of people suffering from dental phobia. Well, let us help put your mind at ease. Sedating a patient during a dental procedure is a very safe and effective way to reduce your stress levels while taking care of a variety of dental problems. Briglia Dental Group has extensive experience in dental sedation practices and will review your medical history before any treatment as well as monitor you very closely during sedation. Feel free to give us a call for a no charge sedation consultation to discuss your concerns and to ask us any questions you may have about sedation dentistry.

Conscious sedation is a great option for those patients who need to recover quickly. By combining the proper sedatives with anesthetics, it allows you to be semi-awake, while being very relaxed, totally free of pain with little to no memory of the visit. When your procedure is complete, you should be able to return to your everyday schedule the next day as you will need to relax and recover from the sedation medications.

No, most patients feel zero discomfort during their treatment and very minimal pain afterwards. When you come in for an appointment involving sedation, you can expect everything to follow the plan discussed before your appointment. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable, administer the proper sedation, and begin our procedure as you relax, stress-free. Some patients stay very relaxed while most others fall asleep altogether. You may have a limited memory of the treatment, but more often you won’t remember much of anything.

Simple answer: yes! We guarantee a stress-free, pain-free, relaxing experience during our sedation dentistry procedures.

You will feel groggy immediately after treatment, and a caregiver or spouse will drive you home to relax and recover. Generally many patients feel fine after a sedation appointment but need to be monitored until the sedation medication wears off.  Many patients will sleep when they get home as the sedation medication will continue to be metabolized.

If you gag easily during normal dental procedures, then sedation dentistry will help resolve this problem! Patients don’t have any problems with gagging while sedated.

Dr. Ron Briglia at Briglia Dental Group

Dr. Ron Briglia has been practicing dentistry since 1984. With decades of experience and extensive continuing education, Dr. Briglia provides the most comprehensive dental services.

He earned his Bachelor of Science from Gannon University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University Dental School. He has received advanced training at prestigious organizations like Pankey and Las Vegas Institutes. He is IV and oral sedation-certified too.

Most of Dr. Briglia’s patients have continued with him in his family of patients for over 30 – 35 years, and the restorations he has provided them have lasted for 25-35 years – clear evidence of his skills and expertise.

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