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IV Sedation Dentistry

IV SedationIV Sedation Dentistry, also known as Sleep Dentistry or Conscious Sedation Dentistry, is a very safe and effective way to relieve anxiety associated with being at the dentist.  Small incremental doses of relaxation medicine are given until the you are completely relaxed and will have virtually no memory of the procedure. We offer IV Sedation in both our Blue Ash and Batavia offices.

Who is it Good For?

IV Sedation Dentistry is an excellent treatment for many different types of people and situations.  Here are just a few examples of who it is good for:

  • Patients who have "dental phobia" and have avoided the dentist for many years, but need to have a procedure done.
  • Patients undergoing certain surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, or extractions.
  • Patients with a bad gag reflex that would otherwise not be able to tolerate a dental procedure.
  • Patients with complex medical problems, disabilities, very sensitive teeth, or difficulty getting numb.

How Does it Work?

Small amounts of medication are given through an IV line to produce a state of complete relaxation.  You will have virtually no memory of the procedure and will feel no pain.  Conscious sedation is most popular in dentistry because you are able to respond to verbal commands such as "open your mouth" or "close your mouth" and you are able to breath and swallow just like normal!  Throughout the procedure, you will be connected to a state-of-the-art monitor that will continuously assess your vital signs such as breathing sounds (bluetooth laryngeal stethescope), oxygenation (pulse oximetry), heart rhythms (EKG or ECG), and blood pressure, all of which help ensure a completely safe procedure.


Other FAQs

Can any dentist perform IV Sedation Dentistry?

No. Dr. Moorehead has completed rigorous post-doctoral studies in IV sedation and is one of only a few Cincinnati area general dentists that offer this procedure. Dr. Moorehead is licensed by the Ohio State Dental Board and maintains an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.

Does my insurance cover the procedure?

The answer usually is YES! Most dental insurances provide coverage for IV Sedation.

Can I drive home after the procedure?

No! You will want to arrange to have someone escort you to and from our office.

How much will this procedure cost?

In order for us to give you an accurate estimate for your particular situation, we ask that you set up an appointment for a FREE consultation, exam, and X-rays.

Will I feel any pain? Will I remember anything?

Most patients experience no discomfort whatsoever. Typically, at the end of a procedure, you will have no memory of what was accomplished.

What treatments can be done under IV sedation?

You can have practically any procedure done under IV sedation-- crowns, fillings, cleanings, extractions, implants, bridges!