IV sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation refers to the administration of an anti-anxiety or sedative drug directly into your bloodstream during treatment. IV conscious sedation is the technique that Dr. Seale uses. This is conscious sedation and is sometimes referred to as “twilight” or “sleep” dentistry. This technique is different than a general anesthetic that would be used in a hospital surgical room. A general anesthetic requires you to have a machine breath for you. IV conscious sedation allows you to be relaxed, comfortable, and have little or no recall of your dental treatment, while still keeping your protective reflexes intact. You breath on your own. You cough if water gets in your throat and you can respond to gentle instructions. These are all important factors for safe yet comfortable treatment.

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The procedure

During IV sedation, a small IV is started on the back of your hand or in your arm. Sedative medications are slowly and carefully administered until you are comfortably relaxed. You are continuously monitored by an EKG machine that displays your heart rhythm, an automatic blood pressure monitor, and a pulse-oximeter that measures your heart rate and the concentration of oxygen in your blood.

After treatment

  • IV sedation is generally recommended for longer or more invasive procedures. However, it can be utilized to facilitate any treatment if you are very anxious, dental phobic, or have a severe gag reflex.

  • After treatment, most patients have only a vague recollection of being at the dental office and little to no memory of the procedure itself. You will feel groggy after the procedure. You will need a family member or close friend to bring you to your appointment and take you home afterward. This same person will be responsible for receiving your post-operative instructions, so please select a responsible person for these tasks. Plan on taking the rest of the day off and going home to rest. Our office will call you the next day to check on you, review information, and answer any questions that you may have.

  • Our goal with IV sedation is to provide a safe and relaxed state that allows you to complete your needed dental treatment as comfortably as possible.

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Our step by step process to get you back the smile you deserve.

  • 01. Clear communication

    Dr. Seale and his staff will be happy to help guide you through treatment processes to ensure that you understand your options and benefits.

  • 02. Diagnosis

    During your initial exam, Dr. Seale will evaluate your specific needs by performing a thorough examination.  He will then advise you of your best treatment options.

  • 03. Treatment

    Each patient is different and Dr. Seale will recommend treatment to set the patient up for the best possible chance at success.

  • 04. Maintenance

    Periodontal maintenance is a professional cleaning procedure where a hygienist thoroughly cleans the teeth. Maintenance care is critical to maintain a healthy beautiful smile.

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