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IV Sedation Creates Comfortable Dental Experiences

Does the thought of seeing your dentist make you nervous? If so, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a common problem, affecting an estimated 50 to 80 percent of American adults. Dental anxiety can vary in intensity from mild to severe, but regardless of the intensity, dental anxiety can prevent you from getting necessary dental care.

Today, sedation dentistry has played a major role in making dental procedures more comfortable for all types of patients. IV sedation is one sedation dentistry option that helps patients feel calm and comfortable for the duration of their dental procedure. Call our southeastern Pennsylvania dental practice at (610) 615 0160 if you’re a new patient or (610) 692 4440 if you’re current and schedule your consultation with West Chester, PA, dentist, Dr. Ron Briglia, to learn more. 

What Is IV Sedation?

As the name suggests, IV sedation is a sedation dentistry method Dr. Briglia will administer intravenously. While the thought of IV administration may be off-putting to patients who feel negatively about needles, most patients hardly feel any pain when their sedative is applied in this manner. 

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry With IV Sedation 

Some of the many benefits of IV sedation include the following:

  • Painlessness: As with other forms of sedation dentistry, you won’t feel any pain after your sedative has been applied. 
  • Awake & Responsive: IV sedation is a conscious sedation dentistry method, which means it won’t put you to sleep. You’ll remain awake and responsive during the procedure, making it much safer than full anesthesia. 
  • Relaxation & Limited Memory: With IV sedation, you’ll be deeply relaxed, not fully aware of your surroundings, and generally won’t remember the experience. The calming effect of the sedative takes effect almost immediately.  
  • Easy Application & Dosage: IV sedation is easy to apply at our West Chester office. If necessary, the dosage can be adjusted during the procedure.
  • Reduced Dental Anxiety: If you have a strong fear of the dentist or dental procedures, IV sedation can put you in a relaxed state, significantly easing your worries and making the experience much more manageable.
  • Completion of Complex Procedures in One Sitting: IV sedation allows Dr. Briglia to complete lengthy or complex procedures in a single appointment. This can be a major benefit for wisdom tooth extractions, or multiple dental fillings
  • Gag Reflex Control: By deeply relaxing you, it can help suppress the gag reflex, making procedures involving the back of your mouth, like throat exams or certain fillings, much more tolerable.
  • Faster Recovery Compared to General Anesthesia: While IV sedation allows you to relax through the procedure, it offers a faster recovery compared to general anesthesia.  

Who Is A Candidate For IV Sedation?

Generally, this sedation dentistry 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
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Have difficulty getting numb or staying numb with local anesthesia
  • Don’t think they’ll remember to take oral sedatives

The only way to know if you’re a good candidate for IV sedation is to ask your dentist about sedation dentistry before your procedure takes place. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Briglia so he can recommend the appropriate sedation dentistry method. Existing patients can call Briglia Dental Group by dialing (610) 692 4440 and new patients can reach us by dialing (610) 615 0160

Why Choose Briglia Dental Group for IV Sedation

To administer IV sedation in their dental office, dentists must be well-trained and fully certified in sedation dentistry. Dr. Briglia is certified in oral and IV sedation and has over 16 years of experience administering these methods 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.

To ensure the safety of your procedure, any substances will be applied by a trained professional like Dr. Briglia and your vitals will be monitored the entire time. You’ll also undergo an extensive consultation before sedation takes place. Your West Chester sedation dentist will review your personal and family medical history to ascertain any risk of allergic or adverse reactions.

Preparing for IV Sedation 

If you’re scheduled to receive IV sedation for an upcoming dental procedure at Briglia Dental Group, proper preparation is essential for a safe and comfortable experience. Under the guidance of Dr. Ron Briglia, our team will provide personalized instructions to ensure you’re ready for your dental appointment beforehand. Here are some important steps to take before your IV sedation:


You’ll need to refrain from eating or drinking anything, including water, for at least eight hours before your appointment. This is crucial to prevent any complications during the sedation process.

Arranging Transportation

Since the effects of IV sedation can linger for several hours, you’ll need to have a responsible adult accompany you to and from your dental appointment. They should plan to stay with you for a few hours after the procedure until the sedation has fully worn off.

Wearing Comfortable Clothing

Choose loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to move around in and doesn’t restrict your breathing. Avoid wearing any tight-fitting garments that may interfere with the sedation process or injure you.

Removing Accessories

Earrings and other jewelry should be removed before your appointment to prevent discomfort or interference during the procedure. Remove any nail polish or artificial nails, as these can interfere with monitoring your oxygen levels during sedation. Contact lenses should be removed and replaced with your eyeglasses, if applicable.

Discussing Medications

Inform Dr. Briglia and his team about any medications, supplements, or herbal remedies you’re currently taking, as certain medications may need to be adjusted or discontinued temporarily before your procedure.

Preparing for Recovery

Plan to take it easy for the remainder of the day after your IV sedation appointment. Have someone available to assist you with any necessary tasks, and make sure you have access to soft, easy-to-eat foods and plenty of fluids for when the sedation wears off.

The IV Sedation Dentistry Process

Patient Preparation

Determining a patient’s suitability for IV sedation dentistry involves a comprehensive evaluation of their medical history and physical examination. During your initial consultation, inform Dr. Briglia, your sedation dentist immediately of any prescription medication or non-prescription medications you’re taking before receiving IV sedation dentistry.

Sedative Administration

Sedative administration involves inserting a thin needle into a vein in the hand or arm, which is then connected to an intravenous tube. If you feel any unusual sensation or numbness in the injected region, we’ll take out the syringe straight away.

Monitoring and Safety Measures

Patient well-being during IV sedation is ensured through constant observation of vital signs and specialized equipment. Monitoring during IV sedation includes assessing the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels to guarantee safety throughout the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

IV sedation may be covered by insurance under certain circumstances, such as for extensive dental work or patients with specific medical conditions. Coverage varies depending on your insurance provider and plan.

Check with your insurance company beforehand to determine your coverage options for IV sedation. Additionally, your dentist’s office can assist you in verifying insurance coverage and discussing payment options.

The risks of IV sedation include potential complications such as respiratory depression, allergic reactions to the sedative medications, and adverse effects on heart rate and blood pressure.

Although rare, there is also a risk of anesthesia-related complications, including nausea, vomiting, and postoperative dizziness. It’s essential to discuss the procedure, your medical history, and any concerns with your dentist before undergoing IV sedation to minimize these risks.

IV sedation is generally considered safe when administered by trained and experienced professionals in a controlled medical setting. However, like any medical procedure, there are inherent risks involved.

These risks can be minimized by thorough patient evaluation, proper monitoring during sedation, and adherence to established safety protocols. Discuss your medical history, any medications you’re taking, and any concerns you have with your dentist before undergoing IV sedation to ensure your safety.

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.


Relax During Your Visits at Briglia Dental Group, Call Us About IV Sedation!

With IV sedation as your sedation dentistry method, your visit to Briglia Dental Group will be comfortable, pain-free, and relaxing. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of sedation dentistry, contact our West Chester office and schedule an appointment. Existing patients can call Briglia Dental Group by dialing (610) 692 4440 and new patients can reach us by dialing (610) 615 0160. You can also fill out our online contact form, and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly. 

We’re here to help our West Chester patients as well as our patients from surrounding areas such as Chester Springs, Exton, Broomall, and Chadds Ford, PA, overcome dental anxiety and enjoy the benefits of quality dental treatment, good oral health, and a stunning smile.

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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