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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 highly 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, advances in dental techniques, equipment, and treatment options are helping patients overcome their dental anxiety and protect their oral health. Sleep dentistry has played a major role in making dental procedures more comfortable for all types of patients. IV sedation is one sleep dentistry option that helps patients feel calm and comfortable for the duration of their dental procedure.

What Is IV Sedation?

As the name suggests, IV sedation is a sleep dentistry method which your dentist 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 Sleep Dentistry With IV Sedation 

Pain Free — As with other forms of sleep 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 be 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 and begins to wear off shortly after the procedure is completed.  

Easy Application & Dosage — IV sedation is easy to apply at our West Chester office and doesn’t require any scheduling on your part. If necessary, the dosage can be adjusted by your dentist during the procedure.

What To Expect From IV Sedation

When you come in for an appointment involving sleep dentistry, 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. While IV sedation isn’t designed to put you to sleep, some patients become so relaxed that they fall asleep altogether. 

Who Is A Candidate For IV Sedation?

Generally, this sleep 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 for sure if you are a good candidate for IV sedation is to ask your dentist about sleep dentistry before your procedure takes place. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Briglia to talk about your dental anxiety so he can recommend the appropriate sleep 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 and all 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 dentist will review your personal and family medical history to ascertain any risk of allergic or adverse reaction.

The cost of your IV sedation will depend on numerous factors such as the time it takes to complete your procedure. To ensure your comfort, Briglia Dental Group will help you afford your IV sedation by offering third-party financing through CareCredit. We also offer uninsured patients 10 percent off of all of their treatments, including lab fees. 

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

With IV sedation as your sleep 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 sleep 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 contact form and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly. 

We’re ready 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 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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