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IV Sedation VS General Anesthesia

November 30, 2017

Hand with IV in placeIf you’re anxious about dental appointments, experience dental sensitivity, or you’re in need of numerous or advanced dental treatments, the thought of undergoing procedures with only local anesthesia may be anxiety inducing. Take a deep breath and find a dentist who offers dental sedation. When most people think of sedation, what they imagine is general anesthesia, but for the most part, this level of sedation is not necessary to keep patients comfortable. Instead, many dentists are now offering advanced intravenous (IV) sedation. This advanced conscious sedative is safe and effective.

What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation is a deep conscious sedative option. IV sedatives are typically recommended for advanced procedures, and like nitrous oxide sedatives, they are administered and monitored under the supervision of a dental professional to ensure patient safety and complete comfort. Dentists can quickly adjust the dosage of IV sedatives, and patients will remain fully relaxed throughout treatment. However, they are still awake and able to respond to questions. The effects of IV sedation are long lasting, and patients will need a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment. They should also plan to rest for at least 12 hours following treatment.

What is General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia is completely unconscious sedation. Typically, patients only receive this deep level of sedation during advanced surgical procedures in a hospital setting under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. Some oral surgeons do provide general anesthesia, but for the most part, it’s safer for patients to receive milder IV sedation for advanced dental treatments.

What Sedation is Right for Me?

The right sedation option is largely a matter of personal preference, but for most dental procedures, patients should not need sedatives stronger than those available through IV sedation. The best way to ensure you’re choosing the right sedation option is to discuss your options with a trusted dentistry provider. They will walk you through the pros and cons of each option, discuss the cost of sedation, and help you make the best choice to ensure you remain comfortable during your dental appointments.

Meet Dr. Kwon

At the Dallas dentistry practice of Hodong Kwon, DDS, we offer a wide range of dental treatment options including nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation. Our goal is to help every patient feel welcome and relaxed when they visit Kwon Dental. Every member of our team will treat you with kindness and respect, and we go above and beyond to make dental services stress and pain free. If you want to find out more or schedule an appointment, call our family-friendly Dallas dental office today.

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