The Case for IV Dental Sedation

Needle Phobia Dentist New York CityWhen we think of IV sedation, we normally imagine its use during surgical procedures. However, in our NYC office located on the Southside of Central Park, IV sedation is considered a valuable aspect of dentistry. Our priority is providing direct assistance with dental phobias, one way we can help ease anxiety is with medicine. In many cases, IV sedation makes the most sense.

Some of the advantages of IV dental sedation include:

  • Deeper sedation. Some patients do much better when they can rest comfortably in a light sleep during dental treatments. From autistic children to adults with Alzheimer’s or physical disabilities, to anyone with dental anxiety, many patients benefit greatly when dental care breezes on by.
  • Fast onset. IV sedation is one of the fastest ways to eliminate dental anxiety at the moment. Patients can relax quicker because sedative medication reaches the brain faster through the bloodstream. This is much faster and deeper than what can be achieved with oral sedatives or with nitrous oxide.
  • Greater efficiency in patient care. The efficacy of treatment improves substantially when a patient can sit comfortably throughout dental procedures. This is as relevant to dental cleanings as to restorative treatments such as dental implants. When fear is not a driving force behind the expedited performance of dental care, there is a potential to accomplish more in fewer visits.
  • Patients who harbor dental anxiety may worry about the sedation as much as they do about the procedure. IV sedation is directly overseen by Dr. Siegelman and can be tapered off or increased as needed to maintain a safe and comfortable level of relaxation.
  • Faster recovery. IV sedation involves the controlled administration of an appropriate sedative.  In some cases, recovery from IV sedation has been notably faster than with oral sedation. Patients who opt for this method, however, do still need a reliable adult to escort them home after their appointment.

As a dental anesthesiologist, Dr. Siegelman understands the various ways in which sedation can facilitate optimum care for patients of all ages. To learn more about your sedation options, call (212) 974-8737.

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