Cohoes, NY dentist Dr. Frederick Marra is licensed and certified in the anesthesia training required for IV sedation and offers this service at Capital Region Complete Dental Care and Implants. This puts him in the top 1% of all dentists nationwide to be trained and experienced to offer all three levels of sedation dentistry including IV, oral and inhalation sedation.
What Is IV Sedation?
IV sedation is a “deep conscious sedation”, meaning that the patient is completely unaware of their surroundings but is responsive and in control of their bodily functions. You will remain conscious throughout the procedure, however you will likely have no memory of the treatment with a sense that you were “asleep”.
IV sedation is administered through an intravenous tube directly into your bloodstream. A constant “drip” of medication flows through the tube to keep you relaxed throughout the procedure. The type of medication used varies from one patient to another, but all medications are safe, effective and carefully controlled. While sedated you are carefully monitored to ensure both your safety and your comfort.
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Marra will explain all aspects of the procedure and discuss your medical history to determine that IV sedation is safe for you. Certain conditions, including pregnancy, preclude patients from this type of sedation for safety reasons.
Benefits of IV Sedation
There are several common types of dental sedation available to today’s patients, but IV sedation can offer several key benefits for certain patients and situations:
- Predictable, immediate results
- Complete relaxation and comfort during procedure
- Allows us to complete more dental work in fewer visits
- Quick recovery, with fewer side effects, compared to oral sedation
- Expert treatment administered by a certified New York dentist
IV sedation is considered a safe form of sedation when administered by a trained and certified dentist, providing more accurate and effective sedative effects that can be quickly reversed if necessary with an antidote delivered through the IV needle.
For patients needing extensive dental treatment or who suffer with severe dental anxiety, IV sedation enables them to restore a healthy, beautiful smile for lasting oral health. In many cases, this can be a life changing experience if you have been suffering with the effects of poor oral health, missing teeth or embarrassing cosmetic concerns.