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IV Dental Sedation – Kansas

Sedation Dentistry to Help
You Feel Asleep

IV sedation is one of the most potent and fast-acting methods that we use here at Kansas Center for Sedation Dentistry. It’s a great option for patients who are undergoing serious dental procedures or who have more severe dental phobia that keeps them from receiving the timely dental care that they need to keep their smiles healthy. With IV dental sedation for Kansas residents, you’ll be able to rest comfortably and not remember any details about your visit, easing you through your treatment without adding fuel to your anxiety and nervousness at future appointments.

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Why Choose Kansas Center for Sedation Dentistry for IV Dental Sedation?

  • Dentist Certified in Level 1 Sedation
  • Fast-Acting Sedation That Makes You Feel Asleep
  • Safe, Effective, Caring Dentistry

What is IV Sedation Dentistry?

IV (intravenous) sedation is a method that we typically use for patients who experience severe stress, nervousness, fear, or anxiety whenever they visit the dentist. The sedation itself is administered directly into the blood stream through an IV, which allows the effects to immediately take place. It’s often referred to as “twilight” or “sleep” dentistry because it makes patients feel as though they’re asleep, despite being able to respond to our questions and remaining conscious.

Is IV Sedation Dentistry Safe?

A great benefit of IV sedation is the fact that our team can monitor a patient’s vitals and adjust the sedation medication accordingly throughout the treatment. Not only does this make it incredibly safe, but when administered by professionals like Dr. Heck and Dr. Beshore, patients can rest-assured that they’re in capable, highly-trained, and safe hands. If you have any concerns about receiving IV sedation, please don’t hesitate to contact our staff so we can put any worries of yours to rest!

The Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry

IV sedation has its own, unique benefits to offer patients, including:

  • The effects kick-in quickly since they’re administered directly into the blood stream.
  • IV sedation does not impact the body’s function, just eliminates pain and minimizes the senses.
  • Dentists can perform treatments faster and more accurately.
  • Patients have little to no memories of their time in the treatment chair.
  • Fewer side-effects than general anesthesia.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for IV sedation, please contact our dental office today!

IV Sedation FAQs

IV sedation is a great option for patients needing extensive dental work, but there are several misconceptions about it. There’s no reason to worry. Your sedation dentist will explain everything during your consultation to ease your anxieties. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions to calm your nerves.

Is IV sedation the same as general anesthesia?

Contrary to common belief, IV sedation differs from general anesthesia, which renders you completely unconscious, so you can’t be aroused. However, IV sedation places you in a “semi-awake” state. You won’t feel anything because you’ll reach a deep level of relaxation that’s safer than general anesthesia. You won’t be aware of what’s going on or have any discomfort, but you can still be awakened by a light physical touch or respond to verbal cues. Rest assured, your vitals will be monitored closely to ensure your safety.


How do I prepare for my procedure with IV sedation?

Your sedation dentist will review any instructions with you before your procedure. You should not eat or drink anything for a few hours before your appointment. Your dentist may advise you to stop taking certain medications to minimize the risk of any adverse complications. You may have additional instructions, depending on your medical history. You will also need transportation arrangements because it can take the effects of the sedative a few hours to dissipate.


How long will it take IV sedation to wear off?

The effects of the medication will kick in quickly, but it can take up to 30 minutes for it to wear off. Some patients experience temporary nausea, but your dentist can prescribe a medication that can help. You’ll be instructed to take it easy for at least 1 day following your procedure.


Are there any side effects of IV sedation?

IV sedation is safe when used on the ideal candidate. Although there are minimal risks, some patients experience temporary side effects, including:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Minor bruising or bleeding at the IV site
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness


How much does sedation dentistry cost?

There’s not a flat rate for IV sedation because various factors affect the cost, like the amount needed. Your dentist will provide you with an estimate and explain your payment options during your consultation.


Can I use my dental insurance for IV sedation?

Every insurance policy differs, but not all dental plans cover IV sedation. Don’t let that stand in your way of getting the care you need. It’s more affordable than many people realize, even if it isn’t covered under your dental plan. However, there are situations when your benefits may apply, such as if your procedure is complex or you have certain medical conditions. If applicable, we will maximize your dental coverage to lower the amount you pay out-of-pocket. A member of your team will review your payment options for any remaining balance, like third-party financing through CareCredit.

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