IV Sedation Dentistry in Norcross
Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state through the use of sedatives. Sedative drugs (tranquillizers, depressants, anti-anxiety medications, nitrous oxide, etc.) can be administered in a variety of ways. In the past, intravenous (IV) sedation – sedatives delivered via injection into the blood vessels of the hand or arm – was predominantly used to sedate a dental patient.
Vincent Dental uses different sedation methods to help you feel more comfortable while under our care. Depending on your relaxation needs or how complex your treatment is, we will discuss with you which sedation method is right for you.
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The medication is administered intravenously, and you will remain awake and breathing on your own during the procedure. You are hooked up to monitors throughout treatment, so we can watch your vitals for your safety during the procedure.
Once you are comfortable and have reached the desired level of consciousness, we begin treatment. You will need to arrange transportation home as you will remain groggy for several hours after IV sedation administration is complete.
Laughing gas, (nitrous oxide = N²0), is gas that you breathe in. The nitrous oxide is colorless and nonirritating, and contains a mixture of 70% oxygen and 30% nitrous and is odorless. There aren't any major risks with this option. Once the gas is discontinued, the effect stops - so you can go about your day normally. The great thing about laughing gas is that Dr Vincent can easily increase or decrease the level of sedation.
A prescription pill can be taken before your appointment; the dosage level varies based on the estimated length of your treatment you will be deeply relaxed but responsive and able to ask questions. After the appointment, your sedation may take extra time to wear off, so please make sure there is someone to drive you home. You may have little or no memory of the appointment - which many of our anxious patients can appreciate!