IV Sedation

Anxiety-Free Dental Care in Omaha, NE

I.V. Sedation dentistry is a blessing to those who have more than just a mild fear of dentistry. It gives Dr. Henley the ability to safely put the patient in a state of semi-consciousness that allows us to perform dentistry while the patient is relaxed and calm. Most patients recall little to nothing of their visit.

I.V.Sedation dentistry at Armbrust Dental allows those who are afraid of dentistry yet want to keep their teeth the chance to do so. It basically takes the fear factor and throws it out the door! Sedation dentistry can be used for restorative and even cosmetic cases, in addition to oral surgery. It can often allow us to do more dentistry in fewer appointments, even a single appointment in some cases. I.V Sedation dentistry has also helped some who have a strong gagging reflex to tolerate dental procedures.

Why Choose IV Sedation at Armbrust Dental?

I.V. sedation is an option for virtually any healthy adult who is apprehensive about any dental procedure. Generally, people with uncontrolled conditions are not good candidates for regular dentistry, and hence the same is true for sedation dentistry. For example, conditions such as uncontrolled high blood pressure or uncontrolled diabetes should first be addressed with their physicians before undertaking even routine dental care. We evaluate all our patients’ general health and classify them as to their ability to receive dental care based on the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) system of evaluation. 

If you feel that you could benefit from sedation dentistry at your next appointment, please contact our Omaha dental office and let us know how we can best accommodate your needs.

How IV Sedation dentistry works

Dr. Henley will gently place a smal needle in the back of the hand and administer  the sedation medication intravenously to help you into a deeper state of relaxation. Once your treatment is complete, you will wake up with little or no memory of the appointment and a beautiful new smile. Using I.V. Sedation Dentistry, we may be able to complete many different procedures, including complex smile makeovers, in just one office visit.

Common questions about sedation dentistry

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

  • 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 sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious?

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

  • Is sedation dentistry safe?

    Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting your treatment with IV sedation, your doctor will help you decide if IV sedation is right for your treatment.

  • How long will it take the 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 quickly your own body can recover. Because sedation causes drowsiness, it is recommended that you have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. After your treatment, you should not drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery. Normal activity can resume the following day. 

  • Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

    Any patient, from child to adult, who experiences dental anxiety is a good candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor about sedation dentistry as an option for your next dental treatment:

    • 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 at a dentist's office
    • Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
    • Need for a more complex dental treatment
    • Self-consciousness about one's teeth
    • Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment

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