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IV Sedation – Grapevine, TX

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A young female waiting patiently to see her sedation dentist in Grapevine before undergoing a dental procedure

Do you struggle with dental anxiety? Does the thought of seeing a dentist or visiting their office cause you to become fearful or nervous? Are you guilty of postponing necessary dental work because you’re worried about the sights and sounds? At Smiles by Martin, we never want patients to put their oral health on the backburner. If your fear is keeping you from taking the steps you need to improve your smile, a sedation dentist in Grapevine can provide a way to make your experience easier. With IV sedation, this safe and effective solution will help put you relax and feel completely at ease during your visit. Contact our office today to find out if you are a qualified candidate for sedation dentistry.

What is IV Sedation?

An up-close view of an IV drip used on a patient receiving sedation

If you experience high anxiety when visiting the dentist’s office or are preparing to undergo one or more complex dental procedures, we can offer IV sedation. Administered directly into your bloodstream via your hand or arm, the medication helps to minimize your anxiety and allows you to fully relax, even entering into a dream-like state, while receiving necessary treatment.

Not only is IV sedation safe and effective, but it allows you to remain cognizant enough to respond to cues from our dental team, but don’t be surprised if you experience slight amnesia after your procedure is complete.

Because the effects of IV sedation do take time to wear off, you will need to have someone escort you to and from your appointment.

Who is a Candidate?

A young male smiling while preparing to have his teeth checked by a dental professional

As a dentist in Grapevine, Dr. Martin will likely recommend IV sedation if you exhibit any of the following:

It is necessary for Dr. Martin to go over your medical history before clearing you for IV sedation as well as your current list of medications.

How IV Sedation Works

A middle-aged woman under IV sedation and having a dental procedure completed by her dentist in Grapevine

The process of receiving IV sedation is nothing to be fearful of. In fact, Dr. Martin works closely with a dental anesthesiologist who will come in and administer the IV as well as monitor your vitals throughout the entire procedure.

In a matter of minutes, you will begin to feel more relaxed and enter into a dream state, allowing you to embrace the feeling of complete comfort. The medication used with IV sedation can be easily adjusted by the anesthesiologist at any point during the procedure. This commitment to safety ensures you remain completely at ease during your appointment and feel absolutely no pain.

Once your procedure is complete, we will discontinue the use of the IV and monitor you to make sure you experience no side effects. You will need to have someone escort you home, as you will likely still feel tired.

What to Expect After Receiving IV Sedation

A young woman lying asleep in her bed after undergoing IV sedation

In the 24-48 hours after receiving IV sedation, you can expect to feel drowsy, as the medication does take time to leave the body. This is a great time to simply rest. You will also want to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, as your mouth will likely be dry from your procedure.

Should you experience a headache after coming off IV sedation, don’t be afraid to take an over-the-counter pain reliever (i.e. Ibuprofen or Tylenol) to minimize discomfort, but be sure to take it as directed.

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