Drug Basics on the IV
The pharmaceuticals used for dental IV sedation are not narcotics. That means they do not dull your senses. Instead, the drug used for sedation is in the benzodiazepine (benzos) family. In a nutshell, IV sedation relies on an anti-anxiety sedative to provide patients the comfort they need.
IV sedation may ease your anxiety, but it won't prevent pain. That means you'll still need a local anesthetic before your procedure begins. Since people who choose this kind of sedation are likely afraid of the needle, local anesthesia can easily be administered once the dental IV drug has taken effect.
In addition to the sedative, some dentists add in a strong pain-killer, such as Morphine and Demerol, to the IV. These drugs help prevent discomfort and post-operative pain.
Amnesia for Every Visit
If this sounds great to you and you'd like to forget every dental experience, it is important to realize the advantages and disadvantages of dental IV sedation.
- Eliminates memory of the dental procedure
- Dental IV drug dosage will be exactly measured for the individual
- This type of sedation is deeper than oral sedation (Valium) or inhalation (laughing gas) sedatives
- Gag reflex is diminished
- Great for those with dental anxiety
- $220-$390 per hour
- Needle site can become inflamed
- Escort required -- you will need to be driven to and from the dental procedure
- Can consciously fight IV drugs, making it harder to become successfully sedated
- Does not deal with your fear of dentists
Ask your dentist to explain all of your options. Pay close attention to your after-care instructions, as you will want to be aware of any side effects that might be the result of the IV sedative.
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