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IV Sedation Dentistry – Corbin, KY

Delivering Dentistry You Need in a Comfortable Manner

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If you feel uncomfortable or fearful when you visit the dentist, you are not alone. Dental phobia affects millions of Americans, which often keeps them from getting the dental care they need. Unfortunately, a vicious cycle is created the more you avoid the dentist because your problems become more significant. Then when you need a complicated treatment procedure to restore your oral health, it creates more anxiety.

Dr. Katherine Whitaker has completed the extensive training it takes to become certified to offer IV sedation dentistry in Corbin, KY. She is the only dentist within 40 miles of her practice to offer that service for patients. If you experience severe dental phobia or fear, IV sedation may be the right option to help you get the high quality dentistry you need and deserve.

Who Is a Candidate for IV Sedation?

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Since IV sedation is the deepest level of sedation dentistry that we offer at Corbin Family Dental Care, it is typically reserved for patients with a high level of dental fear or those with special needs. However, there are other circumstances in which IV sedation may be ideal such as:

  • Patients needing multiple or complex treatment procedures they would like to complete in as few visits as possible.
  • Patients with certain issues such as a bad gag reflex or inability to sit comfortably for long periods of time.
  • Patients who historically have trouble getting numb.

How Does IV Sedation Work?

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During your procedure, the medication used during IV sedation is delivered intravenously directly into your bloodstream. This allows it to work quickly and makes it easy for Dr. Whitaker to adjust the medication as needed throughout your procedure. She will also be constantly monitoring your heart rate and vital signs throughout your treatment with IV sedation.

The medications used during sedation are designed to help you relax and feel sleepy. Due to the nature of the medication, you will likely have little to no memory of what took place during your treatment and you may feel like you were sleeping throughout your procedure when in actuality you are still awake and responsive.

It is important to have a ride with a trusted adult to and from your appointment and arrangements made so they can stay with after your treatment because it will take some time for the medication to wear off.

How Can I Learn More?

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If you feel that IV sedation may be a good solution for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Whitaker to discuss your needs and goals for your dental treatment and your smile. Your comfort and safety are always our number one priority at Corbin Family Dental Care, and Dr. Whitaker will discuss the protocol and review exactly what will happen during and after your procedure with IV sedation.

Give your dentist in KY a call today for more information and to schedule your consultation.

IV Sedation FAQs

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Sedation dentistry in Corban is an excellent option for people who live with dental-related fears or need an invasive procedure. No matter the reason behind your interest in IV sedation, Dr. Whitaker understands you have several questions about the process. Here are the answers you need to make the right choice for your comfort.

Is IV sedation safe?

The safety of IV sedation is a normal concern, but you have nothing to fear. For over 25 years, the risks associated with anesthesia have been relatively low. There are certain health conditions that can increase the potential for a complication, like obesity or high blood pressure. Your sedation dentist in Corban takes the time to discuss your medications and medical history to ensure IV sedation is safe for you.

We also closely monitor you while you are sedated to ensure your safety. Dr. Whitaker is also specially trained and certified in IV sedation, so you can rest assured you are in good hands.

What should I know before my appointment?

If you choose IV sedation, there are a few requirements you will need to follow, including:

  • You must arrange for an adult to accompany you to our office and drive you home after your procedure. It can take a few hours for the effects of the sedative to dissipate, so it is a good idea to have them remain with you for the remainder of the day.
  • Do not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before your surgery unless otherwise instructed by our office.
  • It is best to avoid driving or heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after your treatment.
  • Do not wear excessive makeup or nail polish the day of your procedure.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
  • Let our office know of any illness, sore throat, cold, or upset stomach before and after your procedure.

Are there any side effects?

Although IV sedation is safe, there are some side effects, such as nausea. Some patients experience drowsiness or short-term memory loss about the procedure as well. The side effects do not last too long, and their severity greatly depends on your individual body. 

How long will I be sedated?

The length of time you are sedated varies based on your procedure. After your treatment, the medication is stopped, and you will quickly awaken. Within 30 minutes, you should be stable and ready to be escorted home.

Will I remember my procedure?

It is common for sedatives to cause amnesia. You may not be able to recall the procedure or what happens for several hours afterward. This is one reason your treatment plan and recovery instructions are discussed with you before your treatment. We will also review the instructions with the adult escorting you home, so nothing is overlooked while you are recovering.

Still Have Questions?

If you still have questions about IV sedation, do not hesitate to contact our office. We take the time to address your concerns to help you make the best choices for your smile.