Sedation Dentistry

Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation (“Conscious Sedation”)

Our office also offers patients the option of I.V. sedation for their dental treatment. I.V. sedation is sometimes referred to as “Twilight Sedation” or “Conscious Sedation.”  

I.V. Sedation helps reduce your anxiety, allowing you to remain comfortable and calm while undergoing dental procedures. When you receive I.V. sedation, it is important that you realize that although you are still awake and able to respond to commands, you may not remember a whole lot of the procedure. While under the influence of I.V. sedation, you will retain the ability to control all bodily functions, including breathing and swallowing.  Conscious sedation is a good option for you if you find that you put off your dental exams and treatments because of anxiety over these treatments.  Our dentists also suggest that I.V. sedation is a good option if you are in relatively good health and have had no previous complications with anesthesia.  A consult with the dentist would be required to let you know if I.V. sedation is a good option for you.   

How is the IV Sedation Administered?

A thin needle is introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be used to facilitate the insertion of a small plastic catheter (tube).  The catheter is much more comfortable than a typical needle.  The catheter is attached to a longer tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. At times a patient’s vein may not be suitable for an I.V. procedure.  If this occurs, other sites can be determined, or other options for sedation or light sedation can be discussed with the dentist.

The level of sedation varies from patient to patient.  In general, the majority of patient’s who experience I.V. sedation are able to obtain a high degree of relaxation during the procedure.  Some patients may go to sleep. Other patients may slip “in and out” of sleep.  Not all patients experience sleep.  Particularly, patients with certain specific drug regimens (sleep aids, ADHD meds., opioid and/or benzodiazapine use, or illicit drug use).  These patients may become only lightly sedated. However, as mentioned previously, the majority of all patients are able to obtain a very high level of relaxation while their work is completed.  

The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. IV sedation is very safe!

Along with IV sedation, nitrous oxide analgesia is also offered at our dental office.

Sedation dentistry is a great option for anyone in good health who is fearful of the dentist’s office.

Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful:

Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Previous negative dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, or severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people experience anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.

If you suffer from dental phobia- please give us a call!  At Rigby Dental, we are committed to helping improve your experience at the dentist. IV sedation will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. Please give us a call at Rigby Office Phone Number 208-745-6536 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.  Thanks!