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IV Sedation Dentistry

Sedation helps you to relax and feel at peace

At Tryon Family Dentistry, we understand that our patients may be fearful of going to the dentist because they fear any pain or discomfort associated with dental treatment.

What is IV Sedation?

Intravenous (IV) sedation refers to the administering of an anti-anxiety drug through the blood during your dental treatment. “Intravenous” means that the drug is put into a vein. This is done using a cannula called Venflon. The Venflon has a needle which is wrapped up with a tiny soft plastic tube. Once it has been inserted into the chosen site, the needle is then slid out, leaving the thin flexible tube in place. IV sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as ‘twilight’ or ‘sleep’ dentistry. However, rather than putting you to sleep, the sedative helps you to relax and feel at peace. Compared to oral sedation dentistry, IV sedation is safer and more effective with less risk of side effects. At any time, an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary.

How will I feel during IV Sedation?

During IV sedation, you will feel deeply relaxed and your anxiety will be greatly reduced. You will be less aware of what is happening, and you may feel sleepy. You will however be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist, and you can let them know how you feel. Afterwards, you may not remember much (or anything) about the procedure.

What are the advantages of IV sedation?

  • IV sedation tends to be the method of choice if you don’t want to be aware of the procedure.
  • It can make it easier to get quite a lot of dental work done in a quick and efficient manner.
  • The onset of action is very rapid, and drug dosage and level of sedation can be tailored to meet the individual’s needs. This is a huge advantage compared to oral sedation, where the effects can be very unreliable. IV sedation, on the other hand, is both vastly effective and highly reliable.
  • The maximum level of sedation which can be reached with IV is deeper than with oral or inhalation sedation.
  • The gag reflex is hugely diminished – people receiving IV sedation rarely experience difficulties with gagging.
  • Unlike general anesthesia, conscious IV sedation doesn’t really introduce any compromises per se in terms of carrying out the actual procedures, because you’re conscious and you can cooperate with instructions, and there is no airway tube involved.
  • Faster recovery with fewer side effects compared to oral sedation

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Our team will perform a complete evaluation and review of your medical history prior to recommending IV sedation dentistry. The treatment is safe and effective for most healthy adults (and even some children). Contraindications include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Allergies to specific medications (such as benzodiazepines, barbiturate, etc.)
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Heart conditions
  • Central Nervous System (CNS) depression
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“My dental assistant is Gloria, who is always super friendly, masterfully efficient and skilled, and amazing at answering all of my questions and anticipating anything out of the ordinary that Dr. Leo may need for his evaluation. Dr. Leo is my fabulous dentist who is also very friendly, skilled and efficient, takes whatever time is needed for my evaluation and questions, and provides honest assessment. He runs a high caliber business that has been consistently pleasant, remains way ahead of the technology, and the entire office is always extremely clean and bright. Highest regards and recommendations!”
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“I moved to Raleigh about one year ago due to work and decided to google a dental office near my apartment. I came upon Tryon Family Dentistry and because of the great reviews I decided to give it a shot. I’m so glad I went to this place because I LOVE it. Dr. Leo is great and is also very nice. Gloria usually does my teeth cleaning in which she is wonderful. She is nice, sweet and is always gentle. If you’re looking for a new dental office, give this place a chance and you will also come to love it!”
- Ger Vue
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“I have been going to Tryon Family Denistry for the past six years and I absolutely love it. The staff are always friendly and courteous. They engage in conversation so as to take your mind off what they are doing. Dr. Leo is awesome as well and has great beside manners. If you are looking for a great dentist office then look no further.”
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