The Benefits and Risks of IV Sedation Dentistry

Anxiety about going to the dentist unfortunately causes many people to delay seeking treatment for oral issues. If you can relate, perhaps now is a good time to consider making an appointment to see if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry in Henderson, NV. Patients are sedated orally, through inhalation or intravenously, but many people prefer the third option for several reasons.

Fast Results

Oral sedatives may take over an hour to reach full effectiveness, but IV sedation works much faster. Sometimes patients can feel the drugs working within a few seconds.

Deeper Levels of Sedation Are Possible

Compared to sedatives that are inhaled or administered by mouth, intravenous drugs can cause deeper sedated states. This makes them appropriate for patients that are extremely anxious or need to be sedated for longer periods of time because they require extensive dental work.

No Risk of Gag Reflex

Some patients have sensitive gag reflexes, making them unable to tolerate oral and inhaled sedatives. Since IV sedation goes into the bloodstream via a vein, the possibility of patients struggling with overly sensitive gag reflexes is completely bypassed.

Dr. Irwan Goh offers sedation dentistry in Henderson, NV, and he can inform you of some more advantages related to this option. However, like any dental procedure, there are also potential downsides.

For example, some patients may become overly sedated, which could lead to respiratory problems. Furthermore, from time to time, patients experience amnesia after receiving IV sedation.

Since intravenous sedatives may be more expensive than alternatives, you may want to see if your insurance will provide coverage. If not, rest assured, we accept several payment options. Additionally, because we do not want financial limitations to prevent patients from getting the oral care they need, we can also put you in contact with third-party financing providers.

If you are interested in finding out more about how sedation could be used at your next dental appointment, call 702-732-3754 and make plans to consult with Dr. Goh.

Smiles by Goh: Irwan Goh, DDS, PC