Achieve a Higher Level of Comfort with IV Sedation
Millions of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. In severe cases, this anxiety can prevent individuals from receiving the dental care they need. At our Adel, GA, practice, Dr. Michael McCartney offers IV sedation for those who want to remain comfortable and relaxed during treatment. With over 20 years of dental experience, Dr. McCartney is equipped to address a wide range of oral health issues. He is also a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, a distinction that can only be achieved by completing over 500 hours of continuing education and passing a written examination. When you choose Adel Dental Associates, rest assured you will receive the highest level of care possible.
Virtually any patient who wishes to increase their comfort level can be considered for IV sedation. Dr. McCartney can determine your eligibility during a consultation.
Candidates for IV Sedation
Virtually any patient who wishes to increase their comfort level can be considered for IV sedation. Dr. McCartney can determine your eligibility during a consultation at our practice. IV sedation may be right for individuals who:
- Have fear or anxiety about the dental office or treatment
- Have a low pain threshold
- Require a significant amount of dental work in one appointment
- Suffer from a severe gag reflex
- Cannot control movements
- Have extremely sensitive teeth
IV sedation may not be suitable for some older patients or those with certain medical conditions. However, decreasing the dosage can often lower the risk of negative side effects.
What to Expect under IV Sedation
Patients who choose IV sedation as their sedation dentistry method will be provided with a list of pre-operative guidelines. Typically, fasting is required for approximately eight hours prior to the procedure. Upon arrival, the patient is escorted to a treatment room and the sedative is administered. To do this, an IV is placed and the medication is delivered directly into the bloodstream. As a result, the effects are felt quickly.
While most patients fall asleep during the procedure, they are still conscious – meaning they can breathe on their own and communicate with the surgical staff if necessary. After the procedure, most patients feel groggy and experience a mild amnesia effect from the sedative. Since IV sedation temporarily affects cognitive ability and motor skills, patients need to arrange for transportation to and from our office. Patients should bring a trusted friend or family member with them who can stay at our office during treatment.
Benefits of IV Sedation vs. Other Forms of Sedation
IV sedation offers a few advantages over other types of sedation. First, it offers a deeper level of relaxation compared to nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. Additionally, dosages can be adjusted at any point during the procedure to achieve the desired effect. Our team will closely monitor vital signs during the procedure, and the medication can even be reversed if necessary. For this reason, IV sedation is one of the safest options available. Furthermore, since it is considered conscious sedation, patients can ask questions or respond to Dr. McCartney if required.
Learn More about IV Sedation
IV sedation can be a good option for those with dental fears or anxieties. At Adel Dental Associates, we are proud to accept CareCredit® to help patients afford out-of-pocket dental costs. We also offer in-house insurance through our Smile Savers membership club. To learn more about sedation options or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (229) 896-7679 to speak with a member of our staff.