Even with great strides in dental technology, many patients are still extremely nervous before they even sit in the dental chair. To help his patients feel more relaxed, Scottsdale dentist, Dr. Rod Gore, offers 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 can perform procedures fully and efficiently. Patients will be comfortable throughout the sedation process and will continuously be monitored by Dr. Gore and his team.
The drugs involved in IV sedation can vary but most commonly, a class of drugs known as benzodiazepine (or benzo) are 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
"The staff greets you promptly as you walkin the door super polite and friendly, they go out of their way to assist you in every way possible. while in the waiting room they provide you with tea, coffe and cold water, however I did not have to wait they took me in exactly at my specified appt time. My teeth whitening experience was very pleasant perfromed by a new dental assistant at the office she has only been working there for 1 month and you could not tell. She is very well trained and made me feel at ease during the entire experience. I was very impressed by the entire staff, and the office is beautiful clean and comfortable. What a pleasant experience."- M.C. / Google / May 29, 2017
"My family has been with Dr. Gore for years. He is great but perhaps more importantly his staff are professional and highly skilled."- J.C. / Google / May 10, 2017
"Dr. Gore has the best Scottsdale dental office and staff. One of my crowns installed years ago came off on Easter weekend. Even though it was a Monday and the day after Easter and they were fully booked he got me in to recement my crown. Thank you Dr. Gore!"- D.D. / Google / Apr 10, 2017
"I just moved to AZ two weeks ago and I had a fall while walking my dogs managing to scrape my face and break a front tooth. I was referred to Dr. Gore's office and was seen by Dr. Sebree. When I first met her I was skeptical as she looked 18 years old and new to the business. Boy, was I wrong! She was professional, detailed and meticulous with rebuilding my tooth and making sure it looked just like the others. She is went back and forth looking at it at every angle before she was satisfied with her work. I highly recommend Dr. Sebree and am thrilled with her work!"- K.H. / Google / Apr 03, 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. Patients can pay more than $550 per hour of treatment. In some cases, IV sedation can cost $375 for the first 30 minutes and cost a lower rate per 15 minute increments as determined by the dentist. 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, 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.