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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is sedation dentistry safe?

    So, you’re 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 to discuss the process with you step-by-step before any procedure.

  • What is conscious sedation in dentistry?

    Conscious sedation is a great option for those patients who need to recover quickly. By combining the proper sedatives with anesthetics, it allows for you to be awake, while relaxed and totally free of pain. When your procedure is complete, you should be able to return to your everyday schedule with little wait time!

  • Will I feel any pain while sedated? What can I expect while sedated?

    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 sit stress-free in our chair! Some patients very relaxed while other fall asleep altogether. You may have a limited memory, but more often you won’t remember much of anything.

  • Will I be totally relaxed during dental sedation?

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

  • Will I be groggy after dental sedation?

    You will feel slightly groggy immediately after treatment, but generally many patients feel just fine after a dental procedure involving sedation. However, we may advise that you have another adult drive you home, so please be sure to have that person ready and waiting at our office.

  • What type of anesthesia should I receive for getting my wisdom teeth out?

    The type of anesthesia you receive will be determined after a discussion with your dentist about your anxiety level and the complexity of the procedure. Generally, a local anesthetic is administered for wisdom tooth removal, but nitrous oxide, or IV anesthesia can be used if approved by your doctor.

  • Can I drive after having sedation dentistry work completed?

    Briglia Dental Group strongly encourages our sedation dentistry patients to have a family member or trusted friend drive you home after a procedure. Sedation can affect your motor and cognitive functions. We’ll let you know beforehand if you’ll need someone to drive you home.

  • Can I have a sedative if I am just having a filling or deep cleaning?

    If you’re concerned about having a filling or deep cleaning completed, please give our office a call to discuss the options when it comes to sedation.

  • How long does sedation last?

    For some patients, sedation wears off as soon as we stop administering the medication. For others, the effects may be felt for a few hours after the appointment is over. It varies from patient to patient, but you can be sure that we’ll keep you properly sedated during your appointment.

  • Are there any side effects from dental sedation?

    There are two very minor side effects involved in dental sedation: hiccups and dry mouth.

  • I have a problem with gagging. Will sedation help reduce this?

    If you gag easily during normal procedures, then sedation dentistry will resolve this problem! Most patients don’t have any problems gagging or gag significantly less while sedated.

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