Relax; We offer Intravenous (IV) Sedation!

Did you know that approximately 36% of people feel dental anxiety, or dental fear (NCBI)? It’s a common feeling! If you fall in this number, just know that you’re not alone.

We do everything we can to accommodate our patients and help them feel as comfortable as possible throughout their procedure. Your safety and comfort are truly the most important to us!

We offer intravenous (IV) conscious sedation to help our patients relax and feel at-ease, while undergoing a periodontal procedure.

What is IV sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of an anti-anxiety, calming drug, administered into the blood, intravenously. While some sedatives and anesthesia will put you to sleep, we use IV conscious sedation to help you take the edge off, but keep you coherent and able to answer your periodontist’s questions throughout the procedure.

Is IV sedation safe?

Yes! IV sedation is safe when performed by a trained professional. Dr. Camille Medina has extensive training and certification in advanced sedation techniques, including IV conscious sedation, and is certified by the state of Florida to perform moderate conscious sedation!

Dr. Jessica Stilley is also highly-qualified in sedation techniques. She was the first board-certified periodontist in Pasco County and is a Florida Board of Dentistry Anesthesia Inspector!

When you choose Periodontal Health Center for your periodontal procedures, you can rest assured that you’re in the most caring, skilled hands in the area.

Does IV sedation put you to sleep?

No, the purpose of IV conscious sedation is to place you in a relaxed state, without putting you to sleep. Although, many people report feeling as though they were put to sleep, due to the level of comfort and relaxation experienced.

We want to maintain your comfort with minimal risk. Under sedation, you’ll be able to respond to verbal commands, and you can breathe on your own, without the help of a ventilator.

How does IV sedation dentistry work?

Here’s how it works: Your periodontist will place a small tube, or catheter, into one of your veins to administer the sedative medication. With this technique, we have complete control over the level of sedation we administer, so we can give you as much or as little as necessary to maintain relaxation.

While you’re sedated, we’ll be monitoring your pulse and oxygen levels to ensure that you’re healthy and safe throughout the procedure. We’ll check your blood pressure before and after the procedure to ensure your health too.

When you wake up, you may feel a little groggy or woozy, which is why we advise that you have a family member or trusted friend drive you home.

Have questions about IV conscious sedation?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. We want to help you feel at-ease and comfortable during your deep cleaning treatment or procedure. We’re here to support you and your gums!

If you’re looking for a top periodontist in Tampa or New Port Richey, we’d love to meet you! Request an appointment today.

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