Intravenous Sedation Overview
Many dental professionals, including our New York area dentists, use intravenous sedation (IV sedation) to induce deep relaxation. Also referred to as sleep dentistry, IV sedation is preferred by most patients and dental professionals because its quick effects gives patients a peaceful feeling without harming their ability to understand the dentist and respond to the dentist's requests. Intravenous sedation does not put patients to sleep. It gives dentists total control of how much sedative the patient intakes, while adjusting the amount quickly without compromising patient comfort.
What to Expect with Intravenous Sedation
Prior to the dental procedure, the patient will meet with the dentist for a consultation exam. It is during this time, where dental fears and anxieties may be exposed. our dentists will usually recommend IV sedation for patients who need help relaxing before and during the appointment. Intravenous sedation is given through a very small needle. Our nurse will place the needle either on top of the patient's hand or within the inner elbow. Within minutes, patients will begin to feel relaxed and at ease. Patients should not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after their appointment.
Intravenous Sedation Estimated Cost
The total cost of IV sedation varies, depending on the duration of the procedure. Patients can expect to pay between $220 and $390 per hour. Some dental insurance providers may cover the cost of IV sedation, based on the patient's coverage policy.
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IV Sedation FAQs
Many people with extreme dental anxiety avoid going to the dentist even when they know their oral health is declining. This can be a problem since tooth decay, chronic tooth grinding, and other issues can progress and, if left untreated, may develop into more serious conditions. Now, thanks to sedation dentistry, these patients can schedule needed dental treatment without extreme anxiety. Sedation dentistry can be used for a variety of procedures, including dental implant surgery, root canal therapy, oral surgery, tooth extractions, and other general and restorative dentistry treatments.
Each patient's recovery period is different. Some patients may feel the effects wear off sooner or later than others. Patients are advised to not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours to ensure the effects have worn off completely. Patients should have someone drive them home after their procedure.
Will I Be Asleep?
Although IV sedation is commonly referred to as sleep sedation, it does not put patients to sleep. Patients will be conscious, but describe the experience as deep relaxation. Patients still have the ability to respond to the dentist's requests during the procedure.
Most dentists use IV sedation for highly anxious patients, which is why patients experience partial or full memory loss during IV sedation. However, patients will only lose memory of the dental experience.