Oftentimes, root canal therapy and other endodontic treatments are the only way to preserve your natural smile. As such, you cannot afford to let dental phobia or high anxiety prevent you from getting the treatment you need. Worcester Endodontics partners with an anesthesiologist to offer IV sedation for patients who are extremely afraid or need help sitting still. This level of sedation is also available for special needs dental patients to ensure their comfort. Contact our office to learn more about IV sedation and other options for relaxation.
As you’re probably aware, IV is short for “intravenous.” This naturally means that the medication will be injected into one of your veins, typically one of the larger ones on your hands. While this type of sedation does not render you fully unconscious, you’ll still be extremely relaxed and sleepy; you might even doze off, although we can easily wake you up. The treatment has amnesiac effects, so you may not remember your treatment afterwards.
IV sedation is recommended over more moderate forms of sedation for patients who:
A vein will be selected, and a tube will be attached via a needle. Then we’ll deliver the sedative directly into your bloodstream. The amount of sedative that you receive can be adjusted as necessary throughout the procedure. Our anesthesiologist will keep a close eye on your vitals at all times to makes sure that you aren’t having an adverse reaction to the medication. The effects will linger by the time the procedure is done; you should plan on resting for the remainder of the day.