An IV sedation dentist has the magic tools that make frightening visits to the tooth doctor a thing of the past. With the help of Midazolam, an anti-anxiety drug, and Fentanyl , a powerful pain reliever, patients gently drift off into an altered state of consciousness that leaves them unfazed not only by the treatment the practitioner is performing on their teeth, but also the sights and sounds that often have an unsettling effect on fearful patients.
The combination of Midazolam and Fentanyl, the two most common drugs used in IV sedation dentistry, frequently cause temporary amnesia. One minute the patient sits down in the chair with a toothache — the next minute he wakes up with an improved smile. For many, the intravenously administered medications suppress most or all memories of the events in between.
One benefit of the procedure is that treatments that are generally considered painful (for example root canals or tooth extractions) can be performed with minimum discomfort for the patient. The most traumatic event of the procedure may be the insertion of the intravenous catheter into the arm or the back of the hand. Patients who have an extreme fear of needles may be given an anti-anxiety pill ahead of time.
IV sedation is widely considered safe and effective because the patient’s breathing and cardiovascular function remains stable on its own without medical intervention such as face masks or intubation. Throughout the treatment, the patient’s respiration is carefully monitored.
Special licensing and certification is required to alter a patient’s consciousness and not all practitioners are legally authorized to conduct the procedure. A licensed IV sedation dentist can easily be found online through a keyword search that includes the patient’s location.