Intravenous Sedation (Moderate Sedation Dentistry) – IV Sedation – Washington, DC & Bethesda, MD

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About Intravenous Sedation

Anxiousness related to dental treatment is nothing to be embarrassed about, which is why our board-certified dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross, and his team provide care that will induce a relaxed, calm state in these patients before the dental work begins. If you are tired of dealing with a racing heart, sweaty skin, or butterflies in your stomach while in the dental chair, we can offer your several sedation options for your treatment, including intravenous sedation. With an IV used to deliver the sedative directly into your vein, Dr. Ross and his team can monitor exactly how much you are getting, and stop the sedation when the procedure is finished.

Intravenous (IV) sedation is the most invasive technique in sedation dentistry, but it is a powerful tool for Dr. Ross to have when faced with a patient who needs relief when the stress and fear becomes too much to handle. We want you to have a pleasant dental experience at City Smiles DC, and get the dental treatments you need to keep your smile healthy and gorgeous! You will basically sleep through your dental visit. No stress. No anxiety. Just a deep relaxation so that your appointment goes smoothly. If you would like to learn more about IV sedation in our Washington, DC office, please call and set up a consultation.

What to Expect

During a consultation, a patient will meet with the dentist to discuss their course of treatment, along with any fears or anxieties that a patient may have. The dentist will go over the sedation options, including IV sedation, which is considered a moderate form of sedation dentistry. If IV sedation is chosen, a thin needle will either be inserted in a vein, usually one in the patient’s hand or inner elbow. Within a few minutes of sedation, the patient will start to feel relaxed and their senses will be diminished, but the patient will be conscious throughout the process. Throughout the procedure, the dentist and other dental professionals will monitor the patient to make sure they are comfortable and not experiencing any negative side effects. The amount of sedation can be changed depending on the patient’s needs.

Treatment Aftercare

Even though each patients’ recovery can vary, most patients report feeling alert soon after the IV is halted with little to no pain. However, a patient should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours following the end of their dental procedure, so a companion must accompany the patient to the appointment to drive them home afterwards. Some patients report feeling nauseous after IV sedation, but the dentist can prescribe medication to alleviate this feeling. It’s also recommended that patients sleep the rest of the day, along with staying hydrated with plenty of water and clear liquids. By the next day, most patients can remember little, if anything, about the appointment due to IV sedation. It is important to note that the memory loss only applies to the actual dental appointment.

Anticipated Costs

The total cost of IV sedation varies, depending on how long the procedure lasts. When IV sedation is elected by the patient, it’s usually not covered by insurance. Our front office can confirm if the patient’s insurance carrier will cover any of the cost.

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If you are dreading your next dental appointment, then IV sedation may be right for you. Dr. Ross is a top sedation dentist in Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. Simply call our office in Washington, DC, and we would be more than happy to schedule you for a consultation to go over your concerns and make sure that sedation is an appropriate option. 

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