At Contemporary Dentistry in Gilbert, AZ, Dr. Kathy Jacobsen offers intravenous (IV) sedation to help her patients have a positive dental experience. IV sedation can be used for patients who are experiencing anxiety or fears about going to the dentist. It uses anti-anxiety medication that is delivered directly into the patient’s vein. The medication can help keep the patient calm and relaxed during their procedure. While the patient is not actually asleep during the procedure, the relaxation and temporary memory loss may make the patient feel like they have been asleep. Dr. Jacobsen can also adjust the level of medication depending on the needs of the patient and to ensure their safety. To learn more about IV sedation, contact our office today.
The best candidates for IV sedation could be any patient experiencing anxiety about undergoing an extensive dental treatment. It allows the patient to receive dental care without discomfort or fear. Prior to undergoing treatment, Dr. Jacobsen will discuss with you about the various sedation dentistry options our practice provides to find the best one for you.
What to Expect
For IV sedation, a small needle will be inserted into the patient’s vein and the medicine will be administered. The patient will begin to feel the effects within a few minutes. Dr. Jacobsen will then perform the procedure, while also monitoring the IV levels. When the procedure is complete, the IV will be removed and the patient will feel awake within a few minutes.
It is advised that the patient not drive for at least 24 hours following the IV sedation. They should arrange for someone to pick them up from the office and take them home. Patients will typically feel tired for the rest of the day and they should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. In some cases, patients may become nauseous or experience memory loss. These side effects will typically diminish within a day of receiving the sedation. If patients experience any abnormalities they should contact our office immediately.
IV sedation may or may not be covered at least in part by your dental insurance. Prior to receiving the sedation, our financial team will contact your insurance provider to determine any additional out-of-pocket costs. Our office also provides financial planning and monthly memberships through our Smiles Club program.
Plan Your Procedure
Going to the dentist should be an enjoyable and tolerable experience. With IV sedation patients can experience anxiety-free trips to the dentist. Contemporary Dentistry is proud to offer this option to our patients to allow them comfortable and relaxed treatments. If you are interested in learning about IV sedation, contact our Gilbert, AZ office.