We offer IV Sedation in our Special Operatories
As part of our commitment to your total dental wellness our oral and maxillofacial surgeons are able to provide you with IV sedation in our special operatory suites in our offices. Need your wisdom teeth removed? Your Konikoff dentist can refer you directly to our in-practice oral surgeons who will recommend a treatment plan that’s right for you. It’s convenient and is part of our continuum of care. Just another Konikoff difference. To make an appointment with our oral surgeons call 757-416-3360
What is IV Sedation?
Our office offers our patients the option of Intravenous Sedation, also referred to as Intravenous Anesthesia, or “Twilight Sedation,” for your treatment. Intravenous Sedation or “twilight sleep” helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing procedures. Your treatment can be completed for you under intravenous sedation. Intravenous sedation or “IV sedation” (twilight sedation) is designed to better enable you undergo your procedures while you are very relaxed. It will enable you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a “twilight sleep.”
IV sedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by your board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility.
How is the IV Sedation Administered?
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. At times a patient’s vein may not be able to sustain a needle for the length of the procedure. In this case, the medications will be administered and the needle retrieved. Both scenarios will achieve the same desired level of conscious sedation. Once again some patients may be asleep while others will slip in and out of sleep. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.
The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. IV sedation is very safe!
Along with IV sedation there are also different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia and oral sedation or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation. Once again, all modalities are administered and monitored by your doctor in the safety and comfort of our office environment. Our doctors are Board Certified to administer (oral conscious) sedation, commonly.
Advantages to Patients
- Treatment is completed when you are in a more relaxed mood.
- You will have less difficulty sitting through a lengthy procedure.
- Multiple treatments and full mouth restorations can occur at during the same visit.
- Less discomfort after treatment.