IV Sedation (“Twilight Sedation)

Our office offers our patients the option of intravenous sedation, also referred to as dental intravenous anesthesia, or “twilight sedation,” for your dental treatment.  Our goal, while providing the best treatment possible, is to keep you as comfortable as we possibly can.

Intravenous sedation, or “twilight sleep”, helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures.  Your treatment can be completed for you under intravenous sedation if you so desire.  Intravenous sedation, or “IV sedation” (twilight sedation), is designed to better enable you to undergo your dental procedures while being very relaxed.  It will enable you to tolerate, as well as not remember, those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you.  IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment.  You may not always be asleep, but you will be comfortable, calm, and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a “twilight sleep”.

If you choose the option of intravenous sedation, your IV sedation/anesthesia will be administered and monitored by Drs. Armin Abron and Fadi Hasan, therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility.

How is the IV Sedation administered?

A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand.  The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable.  Sometimes a patient’s vein may not be able to sustain a needle for the length of the procedure.  In this case, the medications will be administered and the needle retrieved.  Both scenarios will achieve the same desired level of conscious sedation.  Some patients may be asleep while others may slip in and out of sleep.  Some patients with medical conditions and/or specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.

The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed.   With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube.  At any time, an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary.  IV sedation is very safe!

Along with IV sedation, there are also different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. There is also nitrous oxide analgesia, as well as oral sedation, or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation.  We can tailor the anesthesia to your needs or desires.  All modalities would be administered and monitored by Drs. Armin Abron and Fadi Hasan in a safe and comfortable office environment.

Sedation dentistry is also a great option for the elderly, the disabled, or simply the fearful!

Sedation Dentistry for the Elderly

As we age, our oral health becomes more important than ever.  Periodontal disease can lead to bone loss and tooth loss, which affects nearly every part of our daily lives.  To lead full and active lives, we need our teeth and gums.  They allow us to enjoy food, support speech and good conversation, and facilitate digestion.  Drs. Armin Abron, Garry Miller, and Fadi Hasan are dedicated to treating elderly patients with care and commitment to comfort and health.

Elderly patients as a group tend to avoid dental visits for a variety of reasons, including more pressing medical concerns, anxiety about treatment, the hardship of transportation, or fixed incomes.  Once their oral health has reached an unmanageable point, fear and embarrassment further keep these patients away from the dentist.

For elderly patients embarrassed or fearful of their current oral state, sedation dentistry provides the opportunity for Drs. Armin Abron, Garry Miller or Fadi Hasan to treat these conditions while the patient remains relaxed and unaware until “awaking” to an improved oral state!

Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful

Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming, reality for thousands of people.  History of negative dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.

If you suffer from dental phobia, fear no more!  At DC Perio and Implants, we are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears.  Not only will our staff treat you with delicacy and care, but IV sedation will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way.  While engaging in a pleasant sleep-like experience, Drs. Armin Abron, Garry Miller and Fadi Hasan will be hard at work making sure you “wake up” with the results you desire.