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We recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving oral and facial surgery. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure that you have a comfortable, positive experience, and that's why we are pleased to offer intravenous (IV) sedation for your surgery.

There are different types of sedation, and you and your doctor will work together to decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give you the care you need while ensuring your comfort every step of the way.

Your doctor will gently place an IV and administer medication to help you into a deeper state of relaxation. Once your treatment is complete, you will wake up with little or no memory of the surgery. Using IV sedation, we are able to ensure patient comfort and relaxation during the surgery.

We understand that you may have many questions about IV sedation before receiving treatment. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about IV sedation:

Will I feel anything during my treatment?
In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.

Is IV sedation safe?
IV sedation is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive oral and facial surgery. Before starting your treatment with IV sedation, your doctor will help you decide if IV sedation is right for your treatment.

How long will it take the sedation to wear off?
The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you've received, how long your treatment is, and how quickly your own body can recover. Because sedation causes drowsiness, you will need someone 18 or older to drive you home after your surgery. After your surgery, you should not drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery.

Am I a good candidate for IV sedation?
Any patient, from child to adult, who experiences dental anxiety is a good candidate for IV sedation. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask your surgeon about IV sedation as an option for your next oral or facial surgery:

  • Extreme dental anxiety
  • Fear of needles and/or shots
  • Past traumatic dental experience
  • Inability to handle noises at a dentist's office
  • Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
  • Need for a more complex oral and facial surgery
  • Desire for a more comfortable surgery

If you feel that you could benefit from IV sedation at your next appointment, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your needs.