Cove Dental Care | Intravenous Sedation in Panama City

Cove Dental Care
Michelle A. Getz, DMD, FAGD
 

406 N Cove Blvd, Panama City, FL 32401

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Intravenous Sedation
 

What is IV sedation dentistry?

IV stands for intravenous, which means sedative medication is administered through the veins. Because of its rapid effects many patients prefer this relaxation option.


How does IV sedation work?

IV sedation medication is delivered through a very small needle placed in either the top of your hand or within your inner elbow.


What if I'm afraid of needles?

Fear of needles is not uncommon and some patients aren't able to tolerate IV sedation for this reason. However, most people describe the sensation as a small pinch or prick. Also, Dr. Getz can further reduce the feeling by applying a topical anesthetic where the needle will be placed.


What are the benefits of IV sedation?

Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable. IV sedation also eliminates your anxiety and pain. Although you may lie back in the dental chair with your eyes closed, you will not be asleep during your appointment and will still be able to respond to verbal cues from Dr. Getz and her Assistants. Because you are completely relaxed, Dr. Getz can accomplish more high-quality dentistry in less time. If you have a bad gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods, IV sedation will help you with that as well. You'll be so relaxed that you"ll be unaware of the sights, smells, and sounds of the dental office. Patients remember little-to-nothing of their appointment by the next day.

IV sedation also gives the Doctor optimum control of the amount of medication administered and allows her to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably.

An additional benefit of IV sedation includes faster onset of the sedation medications, meaning you'll be able to feel the effects of the medication quickly.


What will my first appointment be like?

Your first appointment with the dentist will be a standard consultation. There, Dr. Getz will take a complete health history, conduct a full evaluation of your needs, perform a preliminary oral exam, and explain the procedures being recommended. Your blood pressure, oxygen level, and heart rate will all be measured, and the Doctor may choose to complete x-rays during this appointment as well. It's critical to tell the dentist about all medications and supplements you take so we can check for any potential drug interactions with the sedation medications that will be used. As with all sedation dentists, safety comes first! Once a treatment plan is agreed upon, Dr. Getz will have you fill out paperwork giving your consent for treatment, answer any questions you may have, and issue pre-appointment instructions and/or medications. The Doctor may choose to contact your primary care physician or any medical specialists you see for a consultation. This is done to ensure that you're a good candidate for the type of treatment being proposed.


Your first appointment with the dentist will be a standard consultation. There, your dentist will take a complete health history, conduct a full evaluation of your needs, perform a preliminary oral exam, and explain the procedures being recommended. Your blood pressure, oxygen level, and heart rate will all be measured, and your dentist may choose to complete x-rays during this appointment as well. It's critical to tell your dentist about all medications and supplements you take so they can check for any potential drug interactions with the sedation medications that will be used. As with all sedation dentists, safety comes first! Once a treatment plan is agreed upon, your dentist will have you fill out paperwork giving your consent for treatment, answer any questions you may have, and issue pre-appointment instructions and/or medications. Your dentist may choose to contact your primary care physician or any medical specialists you see for a consultation. This is done to ensure that you're a good candidate for the type of treatment being proposed.

What will my actual treatment appointment be like?

We require that a patient does not eat or drink eight hours prior to their IV sedation appointment, and a companion is required to take you to and from the dental office. Just like oral sedation, Dr. Getz or one of her trained assistants will be with you at all times. You will never be left alone. Patients are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes that can easily be removed to ensure total relaxation. Upon lying down in the dental chair, an assistant will bring blankets to wrap around you so you feel comfortable and warm.

Dr. Getz will closely monitor you throughout the entire appointment by tracking your blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, oxygen level, and pulse. Additional monitoring devices may be used by Dr. Getz if deemed appropriate. The Doctor will also pay close attention to the positioning of your neck and head to ensure that your airway stays open and comfortable.

Upon administration of the IV medication, you will quickly begin to feel relaxed and at ease. The sights, smells, and noises around you will dissipate. Wrapped in blankets, you'll feel warm and safe. Dr. Getz can usually accomplish a significantly larger amount of high-quality dentistry while you are sedated. Because your jaw, tongue, and facial muscles are relaxed as well, she can be more efficient and provide you with an ever higher level of treatment excellence.

 

How long is the recovery time after my appointment?

There is no set amount of recovery time because every patient is different. However, many patients begin to feel more alert soon after the IV medication is stopped. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after the end of your appointment. If you experience any nausea after treatment, Dr. Getz can usually provide a prescription to help. Patients are encouraged to sleep and drink plenty of water and clear fluids for the remainder of the day. In regards to recovery from the actual dental work itself, the Doctor will give you individualized instructions for aftercare. Many sedation patients report significantly reduced pain levels the day after their treatment.


Does dental insurance cover the cost of IV sedation?

Patients have different insurance plans, so there is no single answer. It's best to check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment to confirm your plan's benefits.