At our Nashville, TN, dental practice, we strive to create an atmosphere that encourages patients to return for procedures and biannual cleanings. Dr. Clint Newman is dedicated to providing his patients with a positive dental experience and seeks to offer the best possible solution to manage fear or to improve an extensive procedure. To reach this goal, we have a board-certified anesthesiologist on staff who can administer intravenous (IV) sedation. Before your procedure, we can answer any questions you have about what happens during IV sedation. In most cases, patients are conscious, feel deeply relaxed, and have very faint or no memory of their treatment.
Administering IV Sedation
Prior to your treatment, our anesthesiologist, Dr. Matthew Yezerski, will administer your sedation directly into a vein using a very thin needle, either in your arm or the back of your hand. We will first apply a numbing cream to the injection site. Then, we will insert the small IV needle into a vein. Once it is in place, Dr. Yezerski will slowly begin administering an anti-anxiety sedative until the right levels are reached.
During Your Procedure
Once you are fully sedated, we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you do not feel any pain while we perform your treatment. We will monitor you throughout the procedure by tracking your heart rate and rhythm, oxygen level, and pulse. We may use additional monitoring devices to make sure you are safe and secure at every stage of the process.
We understand how stressful dental procedures are for some patients. Our team is committed to providing a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
While you are sedated, you can expect to feel relaxed and a little drowsy. However, you will remain conscious to allow you to communicate with Dr. Newman and our team. You will likely be aware of your surroundings, but not feel anxious or afraid. The procedure will probably feel short, since the IV medications can affect your sense of time. You may have a faint memory of the procedure once it is complete, but many patients have no recollection of treatment at all.
After Your Procedure
Sedation generally takes some time to wear off entirely. The exact amount of time will depend on the dose you received, the length of your treatment, and your natural recovery speed. You will likely feel sleepy or drowsy for a couple of hours after your treatment is complete. Patients should arrange for someone to drive them home. We may ask you to remain in our office for a period of time to allow the medication to safely wear off.
We understand how stressful dental procedures are for some patients. IV sedation is one way we work to combat dental phobia and other associated issues. Our team is committed to providing our patients with a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. If you are nervous about a procedure, want to discuss the risks, or have avoided visiting the dentist due to anxiety, contact our office today to learn more about how we can help.