Even with great strides in dental technology, many patients are still extremely nervous before they even sit in the dental chair. To help patients feel more relaxed, Scottsdale dentists, Dr. Rod Gore and Dr. Whitney Sebree, offer various sedation options, including intravenous (IV) sedation. Medication will be delivered in a controlled manner into the patient’s body through a vein. While the IV won’t put the patient to sleep, he or she will be in a state of deep relaxation so that Dr. Gore and Dr. Sebree can perform procedures efficiently. Patients will be comfortable throughout the sedation process and will continuously be monitored by Dr. Gore and Dr. Sebree.
The drugs involved in IV sedation can vary but most commonly, a class of drugs known as benzodiazepine (or benzo) is used. These are anti-anxiety medications that can relax a patient, induce sleepiness, and cause the patient to forget about the experience. Among benzos used, midazolam is preferred since it leaves the body quicker than other drugs. Local anesthetics can also be used in the IV to cut down on pain. Sometimes, stronger painkillers, like opioids, are added into the IV.
"Just visited Shawna at Dr. Gore's office. Been working with her for nearly 10 years and she has made an incredible difference with my oral health."- D.B. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2016
"I had an appointment for the first time yesterday and the office is great! I followed Dr. Sebree to this location because she is amazing. Everyone was very friendly and took great care of me. They explained my procedure to me and were super helpful. Glad to be a new patient here!"- S.E. / Google / Nov 06, 2017
"I had a dental emergency at Sunday night. One of my veneers popped off and it looked terrible!i called the emergency dentist and arranged to be seen at 7:00am the next morning. They were very friendly and kind people. I was out in thirty minutes! I'm definitely switching to Dr Gore. He is the best scottsdale dentist!"- J. / Healthgrades / Aug 15, 2017
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"Dr. Gore has been my dentist for over 20 years. I recently had a broken tooth that needed repair. They got me in promptly, diagnosed my problem and put in a crown; all in the same visit! I enjoyed "VIP care" from an excellent dentist and staff. Felt great after treatment. Thanks to Dr. Gore and staff for a great experience!"- J.D. / Google / Jul 24, 2017
What to Expect
During a consultation, a patient will meet with the dentist to discuss their course of treatment, along with any fears or anxieties that a patient may have. The dentist will go over the sedation options, including IV sedation, which is considered a moderate form of sedation dentistry. If IV sedation is chosen, a thin needle will either be inserted in a vein, usually one in the patient’s hand or inner elbow. Within a few minutes of sedation, the patient will start to feel relaxed and their senses will be diminished, but the patient will be conscious throughout the process. Throughout the procedure, the dentist and other dental professionals will monitor the patient to make sure they are comfortable and not experiencing any negative side effects. The amount of sedation can be changed depending on the patient’s needs.
Even though each patients’ recovery can vary, most patients report feeling alert soon after the IV is halted with little to no pain. However, a patient should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours following the end of their dental procedure, so a companion must accompany the patient to the appointment to drive them home afterwards. Some patients report feeling nauseous after IV sedation, but the dentist can prescribe medication to alleviate this feeling. It’s also recommended that patients sleep the rest of the day, along with staying hydrated with plenty of water and clear liquids. By the next day, most patients can remember little, if anything, about the appointment due to IV sedation. It is important to note that the memory loss only applies to the actual dental appointment.
The total cost of IV sedation varies, depending on how long the procedure lasts. When IV sedation is elected by the patient, it’s usually not covered by insurance. Our front office can confirm if the patient’s insurance carrier will cover any of the cost.
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If you are dreading your next dental appointment or have a fear of going to the dentist, then IV sedation may be right for you. Simply call our office and we would be more than happy to schedule you for a consultation to go over your concerns and make sure that sedation is an appropriate option.