IV Sedation

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I am very terrified of dentists, but I found with Dr. Sims that he explains everything he’s going to do. It’s a very comfortable environment, so I’m not as anxious as I was. I would refer Dr. Sims in a heartbeat. He’s the first dentist in years that I actually came back to.

Jill

Doctor Sims Patient

Changing Jill’s Life with a Smile

Keep Calm and Smile On.

Dr. Sims and his staff work hard to make sure that you have a comfortable, positive experience. That’s why we are pleased to offer IV sedation for surgical and nonsurgical periodontal and implant procedures. We know you may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving care—but we don’t want that to prevent you from getting the treatment you need and deserve. IV sedation is a safe and effective way to help you relax for your appointment. Because of the comfortable state of deep relaxation, when your treatment is complete, you will wake up with little or no memory of the appointment.

Common Questions about IV Sedation

We understand that you may have many questions about IV Sedation before receiving treatment. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about IV Sedation:

Will I feel anything during my treatment?

In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.

Is IV Sedation the same as being unconscious?

No. You will still be conscious and able to respond but you will be in a deep state of relaxation.

Is IV Sedation safe?

IV Sedation is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive treatment. Prior to your appointment for IV Sedation , Dr. Sims will provide you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

How long will it take the IV Sedation to wear off?

The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you’ve received, how long your treatment is, and how quick your own body can recover. Because being under sedation causes drowsiness, it is required that you have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. After your treatment, you will not want to drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery for at least 12 hours.

Am I a good candidate for IV Sedation?

Any patient, from children to adults, undergoing a surgical procedure and those who experience dental anxiety during nonsurgical procedures are good candidates for IV Sedation. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask Dr. Sims about IV Sedation:

  • Extreme dental anxiety, or fear of visiting the dentist
  • Fear of needles and/or shots
  • Past traumatic dental experience
  • Inability to handle the smells or noises of being at a dentist’s office
  • Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
  • Need for a more complex dental treatment
  • Self-conscious about your teeth
  • Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment

If you feel that you could benefit from IV Sedation dentistry at your next appointment, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your needs.