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Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

Why IV Sedation Dentistry at Back Mountain Dental

 ·It has been our experience that medications delivered by IV are more predictable and effective for patients with anxiety than pill form. 

·This allows us to treat patients with dental anxieties successfully.
IV Sedation Dentists

Intravenous (IV) sedation dentists have received specialized advanced training and must be certified by their state Board of Dental Examiners as a specialist IV sedation dentist. IV sedation, also known as “deep conscious sedation,” “sleep dentistry” or “twillight dentistry” is thus not as commonly available as other conscious sedation techniques such as oral conscious sedation, but it is a safe and effective treatment for patients with moderate to severe anxiety. The medication is administered directly into a patient’s bloodstream, and thus the major advantages of IV sedation are that:

It acts quickly to sedate the patient. With oral sedation*, a pill has to be taken orally and the effects may take varying amounts of time to begin working for the patient.

If the patient is not sedated enough during the treatment, the dentist can administer more medication through the IV, and the effect is instantaneous.

In addition, the patient will usually have little or no memory of the dental treatment.

Before, during, and after the treatment, our office uses a professional anesthesia providers (CRNA’s) to monitor the patient’s heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. Patients who receive IV sedation are not allowed to leave the dental office alone.

*In Pennsylvania the current guidelines prohibit more than one dose of sedative “oral” medications on the same day as the appointment, unless the doctor holds an IV certification.


October 18, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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