What Does IV Sedation Dentistry Feel Like?

Some people refer to IV sedation dentistry as “sleep dentistry,” but that’s not a true description. The patient is not put to sleep with IV sedation in the dentist’s office. The term “twilight sedation” is more accurate. I’m Dr. Jamie DeFinnis of Back Mountain Dental in Trucksville, PA. For years, I’ve offered IV sedation dentistry to patients from Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and across the state.

If you experience stress, anxiety, or physical discomfort at the thought of visiting a dentist, you may benefit from IV sedation dentistry. In my comfortable sedation suite, our nurse anesthetist (CRNA) will administer a sedative through IV. The sedative will enter your blood stream and make you feel very relaxed. Fear, anxiety, stress, and physical discomfort melt away. As I complete your dental treatment, the CRNA will make sure you remain comfortable. She’ll monitor your vital signs and regulate the sedative administration throughout your appointment.

IV sedation drugs can, in some patients, cause partial or full memory loss, so you might not remember your dental visit at all. Time seems to pass quickly for patients under IV sedation. Some patients claim that, under IV sedation, they thought they were asleep during their dental procedures.

Why do I offer IV sedation instead of oral sedation? I believe that IV sedation is the safest and most effective option to help my patients enjoy peace of mind and body during dental visits. If you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry, or if you need a Wilkes-Barre sedation dentist, call Back Mountain Dental in Trucksville at 570-763-4360. You can also email me, if you prefer. I look forward to speaking with you soon. You deserve optimal oral health and a smile you’re excited to share.

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