Do you feel a sense of dread or anxiety at the thought of undergoing a surgical dental procedure? You are not alone, and that is precisely why Dr. Austin Burnett offers IV sedation at our practice to ensure that your experience is as calm, comfortable and pain-free as possible.

What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation involves administering sedative medication directly into your bloodstream through an intravenous (IV) line. This type of sedation allows you to remain conscious and responsive during your procedure, but in a deep state of relaxation and with little to no memory of the treatment afterward. IV sedation’s effects are almost instantaneous, providing a more controllable and rapidly effective solution compared to oral sedatives. Dr. Austin Burnett and our skilled anesthesia team closely monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure, adjusting the sedation levels as necessary to ensure your safety and comfort.

What to Expect

When you opt for IV sedation for your surgical procedure, here is a brief overview of what you may expect:

  • Pre-Procedure Consultation: Our oral surgeon will review your medical history, discuss the procedure and address any questions or concerns you may have about IV sedation.
  • Day of the Procedure: Avoid eating or drinking anything for at least eight hours before your appointment. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the procedure, as the sedation’s effects will make it unsafe for you to drive.
  • Administering IV Sedation: Once you are comfortable in the dental chair, we will place an IV line, typically in your arm or hand and start administering the sedation.
  • Monitoring: Throughout the procedure, our team will closely monitor your vital signs, adjusting sedation levels as needed to ensure your safety and comfort.
  • Recovery: After the procedure, you will spend a short period in our recovery area as the sedation wears off. Remember, you will need someone to drive you home.

Benefits of IV Sedation

  • Rapid Onset: The effects of IV sedation are almost instantaneous, ensuring a swift transition into a relaxed state.
  • Adjustable Levels: Sedation levels can be closely controlled and adjusted in real-time to suit your needs.
  • Amnesia Effect: Many patients have little to no memory of the procedure, helping to reduce anxiety for future dental visits.
  • Decreased Gag Reflex: IV sedation often reduces the gag reflex, making it easier to perform the necessary work.
  • Suitable for Severe Anxiety: This method is particularly beneficial for those with severe dental anxiety or phobia.

Take the First Step to a Stress-Free Dentistry!

If IV sedation in Irvine, California, sounds like the right choice for your next dental procedure, please contact Dr. Burnett and our compassionate team today at 949-857-9220. We are here to make sure that your experience is as smooth, relaxed and pain-free as possible.

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