IV Sedation (Sleep Dentistry)

What is IV Sedation?

Intravenous sedation (also known as IV Sedation or Conscious IV Sedation) is a state-of-the-art technique for comprehensive control of pain and anxiety during dental and medical procedures. There are other methods used in dentistry–such as oral (pill) sedation–but IV Sedation’s superior results make it the method of choice. It is especially preferred in anxious patients or those who simply want to be unaware of any periodontal procedures. Because of the types of medications used and their instant delivery, IV Sedation allows Drs. Khoury and Cabrera to control their effects precisely. In-office IV Sedation allows you to recover comfortably–in your own home with your family.

Patients who receive IV sedation usually are in a state of relaxation but at the same time, are able to breathe on their own, and communicate any discomfort to Drs. Khoury and Cabrera. A period of amnesia will typically erase any memory of the procedure.(also known as IV Sedation or Conscious IV Sedation)

When is IV Sedation Administered?

IV Conscious Sedation is administered by Drs. Khoury and Cabrera to facilitate the following procedures and circumstances:

  • Nervous/anxious patients
  • Dental Implant therapy
  • Sinus Augmentation/ Grafting
  • Desire to be unaware during surgery
Who Can Administer IV Sedation?

Intravenous Sedation is safe when administered by a qualified person such as Dr. Khoury and Dr.Cabrera.They are both part of only a small number of periodontists licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry to administer IV Sedation.

To perform these advanced sedative techniques, special training and clinical experience is required. In addition to training in sedation techniques Drs. Khoury and Cabrera are also trained in Advanced Cardiac Support (ACLS) from the American Heart Association.

Approval to perform IV Sedation also requires the office to be specially equipped with emergency equipment and medications. This includes an ECG monitor to observe your heart rate and rhythm, and a monitor for breathing and oxygen saturation.

The staff also constantly trains to provide the highest level of sedation care.

How will I feel?
  • You will feel comfortable at all times.
  • You will be in a relaxed state but will be responsive to verbal commands.

  • Patients often comment that they were asleep throughout the procedure.

  • You will be given a local anesthetic for the work in your mouth after you are sedated.

  • Following your treatment, it is unlikely you will remember any actual procedures. You will be groggy and unsteady, and therefore MUST have a responsible adult (18+ years of age) to escort you home (and plan to stay with you for a few hours).

  • Patients should not drive a vehicle, operate dangerous equipment, or make any important decisions or sign any legal documents for at least 24 hours after receiving IV Sedation.

A follow-up phone call may be made by Drs. Khoury and Cabrera to check on your condition and to answer any questions that may arise.

What Are My Duties?
  • Fill out the medical history form accurately.
  • Inform Drs. Khoury and Cabrera of all medications you are taking including all over the counter medications.

  • Inform Drs. Khoury and Cabrera of ALL Allergies.

  • Inform Drs. Khoury and Cabrera if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

  • Read and follow all sedation instructions
  • Arrive early and plan on 30 minutes after to allow for recovery time prior to discharge.

  • Inform our office if you develop a COLD

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