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IV Sedation FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about IV Sedation

Q: Can any dentist perform IV Sedation?

A: No. Although intravenous sedation is extremely safe when administered by qualified providers, the use of IV Sedation indentistry is carefully regulated by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. To perform these advanced sedative techniques, special training and clinical experience is required and dentists must also be trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Approval to perform IV Sedation requires our office to be specially equipped with emergency equipment and medications. Dr. McGawand his Registered Nurse have an ECG monitor to observe your heart rate, a pulseoximeter to monitor oxygen saturation and an NIBP to monitor blood pressure. To provide the highest level of sedation care our office contains more emergency equipment than required by provincial regulations.

Q: Is IV sedation for everyone?

A: This therapy is especially useful for those who:

  • experience medium to severe anxiety in anticipation of pain or discomfort
  • have had difficulty in the past with local anesthetics not working for them
  • find it difficult or uncomfortable to keep their mouth open for prolonged periods
  • find it very uncomfortable to have hands and instruments in their mouths
  • have difficulty controlling their gag reflex
  • have time constraints and require multiple procedures in fewer, or just one, appointment

Q: Will I really be totally relaxed?

A: Yes. You’ll receive just enough sedation so that you’ll be relaxed and unconcerned about the dental treatment.

Q: Will I remember anything?

A: Typically, no. At the end of the treatment, you’ll have little or no memory of what was accomplished.

Q: Will I feel any pain?

A: Most patients experience no discomfort whatsoever during treatment and feels surprisingly good afterwards.

Q: What treatments can I have under sedation?

A: We can do it all – wisdom teeth, composite fillings,implants, crowns, bridges, even teeth cleaning.

Q: Is dentistry using IV sedation safe for me?

A: We’ll review your medical history and if necessary, consult with your medical doctor to be sure, and you’ll be constantly monitored while under sedation.

Q: Will my insurance cover it?

A: It’s best to check with your dental plan provider. However, we’ll review your coverage and, if necessary, make financial arrangements so you get the care you need.

Q: Are there other forms of sedation?

A:Yes. The doctor will help you decide which method is best for you and your dental needs. Other Sedation options include oral or inhalation techniques.