IV sedation is commonly used for oral surgeries. This medication is strong but also very safe, which makes it ideal for patients. However, we know that getting IV drugs can be scary, especially if you don’t know what to expect. In this article, we’ll explain what happens when you get these medications for oral surgeries.
IV Sedation Dentistry: What to Expect
There are many different forms of anesthesia used for oral surgeries, including IV sedation dentistry. What to expect if you’re getting this type of IV? It’s a small, flexible needle that is placed in your arm or hand, just like the type used for other medical procedures. Once the IV is in place, your oral surgeon will deliver the precise dose of medication that you need, right into your body. It’s easy and painless. After a small pinch during insertion, you won’t be able to feel the needle or medication doing their jobs.
Different Types of IV Sedation Dentistry
What to expect also depends on the type of sedation you are receiving. For most patients, IV drugs are used to suppress consciousness and pain. They will also reduce your memory of the procedure. However, you are still technically conscious during your oral surgery. This type of medication is usually used along with local anesthetic to numb the area of the surgery.
In special circumstances, you may also receive general anesthesia. This is the type of sedation that puts you “to sleep” for your surgery. During general anesthesia, a medical team monitors your vital signs while your oral surgeon operates. You will have no pain or memory of the procedure.
Dealing With Dental Anxiety
For most patients, fear of the unknown is their biggest concern when getting a dental procedure done. Therefore, it’s important to communicate with your dentist beforehand. Learn about your procedure and ask any questions you have. By preparing properly, you will be able to enter your oral surgery with confidence.
Talk to Your Oral Surgeon
At Rock Creek Oral Surgery, we work with every patient to make sure they are prepared for their IV sedation dentistry. We’ll walk you through what to expect, what side effects are normal, and what to do if you think something is wrong. For more information, call our team today.