Dr. Steven Wolfson is pleased to offer IV sedation for patients who are extremely anxious when visiting the dentist. With this sedative, patients will be in a controlled sleep during the procedure, and they will be monitored by our anesthesiologist. For more information about IV sedation in Houston, Texas, and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist, please contact the dental office of Steven Wolfson, DDS at 713-789-1225.
Does the thought of going to the dentist make you feel anxious? If so, you may benefit from IV sedation. IV sedation is considered a moderate sedation, meaning you are still awake, but you may not remember much of what happened during the procedure and may slur your words while speaking. Being sedated causes you to relax, and although you are not unconscious, you may end up falling asleep during the procedure.
IV sedation acts much quicker than oral sedation or nitrous oxide because it is administered through a vein. Doctors are also able to adjust the amount of sedation that is needed throughout the procedure, allowing you to be the most comfortable during your treatment. The effects of IV sedation typically wear off after 12-24 hours; due to the lengthy recovery time, it is important to have a family member or friend drive you home from the dentist after your procedure, and to stay with you for some time afterwards.
IV sedation is a good option for patients who suffer from dental anxiety. Anxiety may come when you come in for a new treatment, or from the normal sights and sounds of a dental office; if this is the case for you, IV sedation may help you feel more relaxed during your visit. Discuss any concerns or questions with our dentist or anesthesiologist beforehand, and our team will ensure that you are comfortable during your treatment. We invite you to contact us today to learn more!