Published: 07/24/2018

Not every periodontist in Rockville, MD offers IV sedation dentistry. Frequently used with larger procedures like dental implants, or to calm patients with dental fear, IV sedation is a useful service and one many patients prefer. At our state-of-the-art office, we use the latest equipment and ensure our doctors and team members have the training necessary to ensure effective and comfortable sedation dentistry treatment.

Despite the effectiveness of IV sedation dentistry, it has an unfortunate reputation amongst the general public. Debunk those myths with our IV sedation dentistry FAQs.

What is IV sedation?

IV sedation dentistry is a clinically proven approach to sedation designed for those patients that are afraid of injections, and/or for whom oral sedation or nitrous oxide is insufficient for the procedure at hand. IV sedation introduces the sedative intravenously and allows for thousands of patients to get the dental care they need in spite of their reservations.

What does IV sedation feel like?

IV sedation gets you in a state of deep relaxation, removing all anxiety. Patients experience what is termed “twilight sleep.” Time seems to pass slowly. Most patients don’t even remember the procedure once the sedative wears off.

How long does IV sedation last?

That depends on each patient’s needs and body chemistry as well as the treatment plan. IV sedation can last as long as half an hour to several hours.

How does IV sedation compare to general anesthesia?

Aside from fulfilling the same basic function, IV sedation is lighter and less intrusive than general anesthesia. Recovery is also much faster.

Can you drive right after the procedure?

No. Even though IV sedation is much lighter than anesthesia, you will still be unable to drive a car, operate machinery or fulfill complex tasks for a few hours. We request that you have someone drive you home after the procedure.

Interested in IV sedation dentistry during your dental care, or in receiving experienced periodontal treatment like dental implants from a periodontist in Rockville, MD who offers IV sedation in-office ? Give us a call to set up a consultation with our periodontist, Dr. Stephen Rice.

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