What is IV Sedation?
IV sedation offers an easy and convenient way to help you relax if you are nervous about upcoming dental treatments or if you are having a procedure that may cause discomfort or distress. IV sedation is also an ideal option for many patients who would normally avoid the dentist due to fear.
IV sedation is extremely safe when supervised by a specially trained dentist like Dr. Bennett. It is also generally well tolerated by most patients. If you wish to benefit from IV sedation, know that throughout the duration of your dental appointment, you will never be unconscious. You will be awake, though pain and discomfort will be minimized or non-existent, and any nervousness or anxiety you have about your dental treatment will be greatly decreased. While you will be conscious, you may not fully remember your dental appointment. Be sure to make arrangements with someone to drive you home after your appointment.
IV Sedation with Dr. Gregory Bennett
Dr. Gregory Bennett is certified in IV sedation dentistry, meaning he can provide quality dental care to patients who require extra relaxation during their visit. Dr. Bennett received his certification from the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth L. Reed and Dr. Stanley F. Malamed. Dr. Bennett completed extensive lecture hours and is board-certified to administer IV sedation in the state of Colorado. Dr. Bennett is ACLS-certified (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support) and will administer IV sedation to patients above the age of 18.
IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is ideal for patients who:
- Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
- Have high anxiety or fear regarding dental visits
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have difficulty getting numb
- Have a phobia of needles
- Have temporomandibular (TMJ) joint problems and cannot open their mouths for very long periods of time
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Dislike the sounds and smells of the dental office
- Would like to accomplish a significant amount of dental work in one appointment
- Wish to experience the ultimate comfort in the dental setting
How is IV Sedation Administered?
A sedative is administered through a tiny catheter placed into a vein in your hand or arm. This will stay in place throughout your treatment. IV sedation can sometimes slow down your breathing, so our team will place a small light probe on the tip of your finger or ear lobe, so that we can continuously monitor your heart rate and oxygen levels before, during, and after the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home after your dental work and stay with you until you are fully alert.