IV Sedation in Fairfield, CT
IV Sedation Dentistry
Whether you’re simply anxious or you’re facing an extensive dental procedure, our practice offers a variety of anesthesia and sedation options to help keep you calm and comfortable throughout your appointment. IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is administered intravenously through a vein in your arm or hand.
While you may feel like you are sleeping through the procedure when you have IV sedation, you’re actually still conscious. This form of sedation is also known as twilight anesthesia because you’re groggy, not fully aware of what is happening during the procedure, and when the IV sedation wears off, you won’t have any memories of your dental treatment.
Only highly trained doctors can administer IV sedation. Unlike with general anesthesia, you will breathe on your own while under IV sedation and you will not need your heart rate monitored. IV sedation is used in conjunction with local anesthetic injections—the sedation helps you relax, while the anesthetic ensures that you are comfortable.
At Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry, we follow American Dental Association guidelines on the use of sedation in dentistry for the safety of our patients.
When general anesthesia is used in dentistry, the patient experiences a complete loss of consciousness. Because general anesthesia can impair cardiovascular and respiratory function, any dental treatment performed under general anesthesia must involve an anesthesiology team to monitor the patient while the dentist performs the procedure.
General anesthesia is rarely used in the dental setting. It is reserved for extensive dental work and special needs patients. In most circumstances, IV sedation is sufficient, as patients still feel like they’re sleeping during the procedure and by the time they’re fully conscious again, they have no memory of their dental work.
Whether you are getting general anesthesia or IV sedation, you will need to have someone accompany you to our office and drive you home after your procedure.
Call 203-255-6878 to schedule your appointment.