IV Sedation Dentistry What to Expect: Comfort, Safety, & Recovery

IV sedation is used in many areas of medicine to help patients stay comfortable during various procedures, including certain types of dental treatment.

IV sedation makes it easier for your dentist to provide care and keeps you comfortable. Patients tend to feel relaxed and calm, which is also helpful in some instances for dental anxiety.

So, what should you expect from IV sedation dentistry? Keep reading to learn more.

What to Expect with IV Sedation Dentistry: A Guide for Patients

Are you interested in IV sedation for your dental appointments? You are not alone! We offer IV sedation as an option to all our patients in all 3 locations. If you are interested in IV sedation, the first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our IV sedation providers at Pathway Dental Group. From there, they will review your medical history and needed dental treatment to determine what sedation options are best for you.

Benefits of IV sedation

  • Patients remain relaxed throughout their procedure
  • Most patients do not remember anything about their appointment
  • We can complete a larger amount of treatment at one time
  • By combining appointments, you can return to your regular activities sooner
  • This is safer than General Anesthesia since we are not breathing for you

What does the process of IV sedation look like?

After you have an evaluation with one of our IV sedation providers, we will have you complete your pre-operative forms right there at that same appointment, so you do not have to schedule a separate appointment or delay in scheduling your needed treatment any further! We also want to ensure you have all your post-operative instructions to prepare you with any special diet restrictions and medications. We can coordinate who will bring you to your appointment and drive you home afterward. There are no surprises here-we want you to be comfortable with every step!

From there, it is just a matter of scheduling your appointment. We will let you know how long we expect your IV sedation treatment appointment to last so you can also let your ride know in advance. After your appointment, most patients go home and take a nice long nap that afternoon. Once they wake up early in the evening, they have a bite to eat, and most patients are ready to return to work and do everyday activities the next day.

IV sedation is not just for surgical procedures. Many patients opt for IV sedation for general dentistry procedures as well, just for the ease of the appointment and the ability to have more treatment completed at once.

We are proud to be one of the few general dentistry practices in the county to offer this service to our patients at all three of our locations: Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Santa Maria. If you are interested in IV sedation for your next appointment, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our IV sedation providers!