Dentists for IV Sedation Therapy in Brentwood, CA area

Patients in Brentwood, CA looking for a less stressful dental experience are considering IV sedation therapy

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A significant number of patients associate going to the dentist with anxiety. This anxiety is normally due to the thought of having teeth drilled, gums poked or oral surgery. The thought of going to the dentist, especially if you are going in for corrective care, can just be unpleasant. Dr. Jamil Alkhoury and his associates at Brentwood Family Dental are aware of this and want to make your visit as comfortable as possible so that you look forward to visiting.

Dr. Alkhoury utilizes gentle IV sedation, also known as intravenous sedation, allowing his patients to be calm and relaxed when getting the care, they need. You may be wondering how IV sedation compares to other forms of sedation. The three most common types of sedation dentistry include the following:

  • IV sedation – Intravenous, or IV, sedatives can put you in varying stages of consciousness. A version of IV sedation can put you into a deep sleep until it wears off while other IV drugs may just put you into what’s called a “twilight sleep”. You will not be put into a deep sleep. Instead, you might feel sleepy, be less aware of your surroundings and not remember much once the procedure is over, but you will not ever be unconscious.
  • Oral sedatives – An example of this is diazepam. Oral sedatives will help relax a patient during dental procedures. These are taken about an hour before the appointment is to take place. The patient will remain conscious but less anxious and, possibly, a bit sleepy.
  • Nitrous oxide – A gas administered to the patient during the procedure which wears off quickly so that the dentist may let you drive home after the appointment.

Now that you’ve been educated on some different sedation methods, you may be wondering which is “best” or “right for you”. While each of the methods mentioned above has both pros and cons, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of IV sedation.

A State of Relaxation

A State of Relaxation in Brentwood, CA area It’s true that all types of sedation dentistry can ease anxieties and be the cause of a more relaxing dental experience, IV sedation offers the deepest state of relaxation. A patient enters a state of semi-consciousness and is, essentially, asleep. A patient does not regain complete consciousness until the dental procedure is complete and they will normally not have any recollection of the procedure that just took place. IV sedation is a wonderful option for patients with severe dental anxiety.

Quick and Effective

Oral sedation medication can take up to an hour before a patient starts feeling its effect and often must be taken at home before the appointment. With IV sedation, the effect takes place much quicker (often within seconds of being administered). Once the IV is placed in the patient, the anesthetic reaches the brain almost immediately and a deep state of relaxation is achieved immediately. This eliminates the wait (as well as the anxiety that comes with the delayed reaction) a patient must endure with oral sedation.

Complete Control

With an oral sedative, there is very little control over how long the sedative will last before the patient begins to come out from under its effect. Under IV sedation, the doctor is in complete control of how much medication is administered. The sedative is often given in small doses until a state of relaxation is achieved. Once the patient is sufficiently sedated, the medication is cut off and, in the event, the patient begins to show signs of coming out of the sedation, another dose can be administered. This not only offers the doctor tight control over the sedative, but it makes it easier and quicker for the patient to come out of the sedation once the treatment is completed.

Oral Health

The most obvious benefit to IV sedation is the fact that it allows patients to undergo invasive dental work that is critical to improving their oral health. These procedures can be performed without the patient feeling any anxiety or pain. Due to the level of relaxation, the patient feels during IV sedation, multiple procedures can be done at once if necessary.
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