What Does IV Sedation Feel Like?

Categories: Sedation Dentistry

Many of our Cascade Endodontics patients put off seeing their regular dentist because of fear or anxiety about dental care. This becomes a larger problem because something that might have been a small issue develops into a bigger problem that ends up needing endodontic care.

If you put off necessary dental care because of fear or anxiety, we have a possible solution. IV sedation is an excellent option for our patients who are nervous about seeing a dentist or needing a root canal.

IV sedation is the highest level of sedation (after nitrous oxide and conscious sedation). It is administered by an anesthesiologist and requires an evaluation before it is administered as well as an escort home because you will be unable to drive a car yourself immediately after your procedure.

What does IV Sedation feel like?

IV sedation is often referred to as ‘sleep dentistry’ or ‘twilight sleep’. Once the sedation is administered you will feel a state of deep relaxation and won’t be bothered by what’s going on. You will remain conscious and able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist. Often, the IV sedation drugs can produce partial or full memory loss from the time the drug kicks in until when it wears off. As a result, time appears to move quickly and you may not remember any of your procedure. So while you are awake and conscious, the whole treatment may seem like a dream to you.

Since IV sedation is not a painkiller, but an anti-anxiety drug, Dr. Jon Jenson will still need to administer a local anesthetic, depending on the procedure. If that is also necessary, he will wait until the sedation has fully kicked in. Once the area to be worked on is completely numb, Dr. Jenson will start the procedure.

If needles or dental work gives you a fight or flight reaction, you may be a prime candidate for IV sedation dentistry. To see if this is the best option for you and your dental care, give Dr. Jon Jenson a call today at 801-404-5810. We love helping our Utah County patients feel calm and relaxed while receiving the dental care they need.

Jon Jenson DDS
Cascade Endodontics
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097