Our office offers patients the option of intravenous anesthesia for their treatment. Intravenous anesthesia helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Intravenous anesthesia or “IV anesthesia” is designed to better enable you to undergo your dental procedures while you are very relaxed; it will enable you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you. IV anesthesia will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment.
If you choose the option of intravenous anesthesia it is administered and monitored by the doctor, therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same day surgical facility.
How is the IV Anesthesia Administered?
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated.
Intravenous anesthesia is very safe, much safer than oral sedation. With IV anesthesia a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary.