IV Sedation Specialist

Fuller Smiles

Dental Clinics located in Culver City, CA

Your next trip to the dentist doesn’t have to feel like a nerve-wracking experience, thanks to IV sedation. At Fuller Smiles in Rancho Cucamonga, Culver City, and Long Beach, California, an experienced team of dental experts offers IV sedation to patients who are nervous about visiting the dentist. If the thought of seeing a dentist fills you with dread and anxiety, IV sedation is available to help you relax and unwind. Call Fuller Smiles or book an appointment online today to learn more.

IV Sedation

What is IV sedation?

IV sedation is a form of sedation dentistry that dulls pain and calms your mind and body. While IV sedation is not intended to fully put you asleep, you may feel relaxed enough to slip in and out of consciousness throughout your visit.

Who needs IV sedation during dental treatments?

The Fuller Smiles team recommends IV sedation to patients with anxiety about visiting the dentist. While dental phobias are common, they pose serious threats to your oral health. Many people with fears of the dentist simply don’t visit regularly. Others put off major or minor dental work to avoid visiting altogether.

This puts you at risk of developing a number of dangerous oral health conditions, such as:

  • Tooth pain
  • Gum inflammation
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Cracked teeth
  • Tooth loss

Without early intervention, these problems worsen until you ultimately need major dental work or oral surgery. IV sedation helps calm those fears, so you can relax in the dentist’s chair while your Fuller Smiles dentist takes care of your mouth. Overall, IV sedation gives you a chance to form a better relationship with your dentist and face your fear without discomfort.

How can I prepare for IV sedation?

Prior to the exam, you must tell your Fuller Smiles dentist about any medications you are taking. Better yet, bring the medications to the appointment, so the team has all the information they need to get started.

The American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists recommends avoiding food and drinks at least eight hours prior to any dental procedure that requires IV sedation. However, the Fuller Smiles team always provides more detailed instructions on eating and drinking prior to your visit.

IV sedation is not the same as general anesthesia, which does put you completely to sleep. It does, however, make you feel tired, groggy, and disoriented. That’s why the Fuller Smiles team asks that a trusted friend or relative accompanies you to the visit to take you to and from your appointment.

As the medication given during IV sedation wears off, avoid partaking in your usual activities for the rest of the day — driving, work, exercise, etc. — as you may feel a little out of it after the procedure.

IV sedation is a helpful way to see your dentist without fear of pain and discomfort during your appointment. To learn more or schedule a consultation, call Fuller Smiles or book online today.