Intravenous Sedation (“Twilight Sedation”)
Our office offers our patients the option of Intravenous (IV) Sedation, also referred to as Dental Intravenous Anesthesia, or “Twilight Sedation.” This sets our office apart from many other general dental practices; it is our niche, if you will.
IV Sedation is used to create a moderate level of sedation and is achieved by using prescription medications belonging to the “benzodiazepine” family, of which, the most common is Versed. Additionally, opioid, or pain reducing medications are used to contribute to the sedative effect also reducing the need for additional sedative medications. The most common opioid used is Fentanyl.
The goal of IV Sedation is to use as little medication as possible to achieve an adequate level of sedation in order to allow the completion of dental procedures. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via an intravenous tube. During treatment, the level of sedation is monitored and at any time, additional medication can be administered. If necessary, an antidote to reverse the effects of the medications may also be administered.
IV sedation is very safe and can cover a wide range of patient needs with great effectiveness and flexibility. This allows patients to undergo dental treatment while very calm, relaxed, and comfortable, possibly even drifting in and out of sleep.
ADVANTAGES OF IV SEDATION
- Suitable for patients with moderate to severe anxiety
- High level of sedation while still maintaining all bodily functions
- Speed of sedation onset within 1-3 minutes
- Adjustable dosage and sedation level
- Controlled and quick recovery
- Reduced gag reflex
- Amnesia. It will enable you to not remember most of the appointment
- Faster and more treatment in less appointments
If this option is chosen, your IV sedation/anesthesia can be administered and monitored by Dr. Geminiani at any of our locations. This eliminates the costly expense of having treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility.