If you have been avoiding dental work due to fear or anxiety, please reconsider. At Advanced Dental Associates, we offer something called IV sedation — a way to help you forget your fears and feel completely relaxed throughout treatment. Our San Antonio, TX team can help you get the care you need with this safe, effective option. Learn more below!
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation is the highest form of sedation we offer here at Advanced Dental Associates. It is administered via an intravenous line. Only a health care professional licensed to operate this equipment is allowed to administer it. During your procedure, we will monitor your situation and adjust the sedation as needed.
IV sedation creates a sleep-like state. You will undergo the procedure and have no memory of the sights, smells, sounds, or sensations when you wake up. However, you will still be able to respond to questions during the procedure — you just will not remember doing so. This allows you to feel completely comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure.
In what situations may IV sedation be recommended?
We may recommend IV sedation if you are extremely fearful or anxious about the dental procedure. Sedation will help you feel completely at ease with the situation and allow us to complete dental work that we may otherwise not be able to complete. We also regularly use dental sedation for long or complicated procedure — or in situations where we are trying to get multiple things done at once. Dental implants are a great example of this — if we are working on a bone augmentation AND placing the implants, you may be more comfortable sedated.
Ultimately, it is up to you. We can’t the decision for you — dental sedation can help you feel comfortable during your visit, but only if you are comfortable with being sedated! Please feel free to ask questions and voice your concerns about sedation before you procedure.
Is IV sedation safe?
Of course. Our team is specially trained and licensed to administer sedation safely and effectively. We also monitor you throughout the procedure and can adjust your sedation level if necessary. At the end of the procedure, we will turn off the sedation and you will wake from your sleep-like state fairly quickly. We will always make sure you are comfortable and safe! At Advanced Dental Associates, you are in good, capable hands.
Are any other sedation options available?
Yes, we do offer a couple other forms of sedation. The next sedation level down is called oral conscious sedation. This is administered in pill form and is a bit harder to adjust mid-procedure than IV sedation. It creates a grogginess that may allow you to sleep through the procedure, but you will still remember most of it. We use this as a mid-level option, for patients who have a medium degree of fear or anxiety or for mildly complicated or mid-length procedures.
We also offer a light form of sedation is called nitrous oxide. This form of sedation, also known as laughing gas, is used for patients who need just a little bit of help relaxing during treatment. This option is great for nervous kids! Nitrous oxide is inhaled via a face mask and is also very easily adjusted during the procedure. It also wears off quickly. With this option, you are safe to drive yourself home after the procedure, whereas we recommend securing a friend or family member to drive you home if you choose either of the other two options.
How can I schedule an appointment?
Are you ready to get the care you need with the help of IV sedation? Please call us to schedule an appointment. Our office is located in San Antonio, TX. We can be reached at 210-819-5233. We would be happy to help.
Don’t put off essential dental care any longer — get the help you need right away. IV sedation can truly help you feel at ease during any procedure. Ask about this effective option today!