Intravenous and Oral-Conscious Sedation in Bellevue, WA

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what is intravenous and oral-conscious sedation?

Premier Periodontics is pleased to provide both intravenous (IV) sedation and oral conscious sedation to help our Bellevue, WA area patients enjoy a more positive dental experience. IV and oral-conscious sedation may be given to individuals who experience anxiety or fear when undergoing periodontal procedures. This treatment at Premier Periodontics employs anti-anxiety medication that is administered directly into your vein or through a prescription pill taken by mouth and can help keep you relaxed and calm throughout your treatment. While you remain awake and aware of your surroundings throughout the procedure, the comfort and temporary memory loss could make you feel as if you have slept through the entire visit. Our team of highly trained periodontists adjusts the amount of medication based on your needs and procedure type and monitors you closely to ensure your safety. To find out more about IV or oral-conscious sedation in Bellevue, WA, please contact our office at your earliest convenience.

What Are the Benefits of IV and Oral Conscious Sedation?

At Premier Periodontics, IV sedation and oral conscious sedation provide a variety of benefits that contribute to a more pleasant treatment experience for Bellevue, WA individuals. Some of the advantages of these sedation options are:

  • Provides a greater amount of comfort for intense oral stress
  • Allows individuals to feel calm and tranquil
  • Enables fast onset of calming outcomes
  • Allows for adjustable levels of sedation throughout the treatment
  • Helps with increased cooperation from the individual
  • Allows for lengthier and more in-depth procedures
  • Reduces movement, allowing for precise dental work
  • Reduces gag reflex considerably
  • Benefits post-operative recovery and comfort

Am I a good candidate for dental sedation?

The best candidates for IV sedation or oral-conscious sedation are often those who have extensive treatment needs, dental phobias, or feel stressed about undergoing a periodontal or implant treatment. These sedation dentistry methods make it possible to get the care that you need without discomfort, worry, or anxiety. Prior to undergoing these services, our dentists that use IV sedation will speak with you about the sedation options our practice provides and help you determine if IV sedation, oral conscious sedation, or another treatment option is best suited for your needs. 

What should I Expect from IV sedation and oral sedation?

IV oral conscious sedation is administered via a small needle inserted inside a vein in your arm at a level just enough to provide the calming, relaxation effects you require. You will start to feel the effects within a few seconds of the drug's administration. Throughout your visit, our IV sedation-certified team will closely monitor your vitals and response to the medication and make adjustments as necessary. For children or patients having more complex medical concerns, we partner with a trained anesthesiologist to provide IV sedation services.

Oral conscious sedation is administered in pill form and taken by mouth an hour before your scheduled visit. Our periodontists can tailor your sedation level based on the type of medication prescribed. Oral conscious sedation will leave you feeling very relaxed and awake, yet you may have limited recollection of your procedure.

how long does it take to recover from sedation?

With both IV and oral conscious sedation, you will need to have a responsible adult escort you to and from your visit. You will likely feel very drowsy for the remainder of the day — so we advise that you drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and rest when possible. In some cases, you may become nauseous or encounter memory loss. These side effects will normally diminish within 24 hours. If you experience any complications or if your symptoms persist, please call our facility and contact a conscious sedation dentist in Bellevue, WA right away.

Will Insurance Cover anesthesia for teeth?

Intravenous sedation may be a treatment expense that falls beyond the scope of dental insurance coverage. Before your visit, our business staff will contact your insurance company to determine any coverage amounts and let you know of any estimated out-of-pocket costs. Premier Periodontics also offers special financing solutions and payment alternatives to make treatment with oral conscious sedation more affordable for many of our patients.

IV and Oral Conscious Sedation FAQ

Are you awake during oral conscious sedation? 
Dentists that use IV sedation will ensure that you are awake during your dental treatment. The sedation, however, means that you won't feel any pain. You will feel completely relaxed and at ease regardless of what treatment you need.

What shouldn't you do before undergoing conscious sedation in Bellevue, WA? 
You shouldn't drink anything for eight hours prior to the appointment. However, you should take all of your necessary medications and wear loose clothing so that you are comfortable. If you have any additional questions, contact our office before your appointment.

How long does oral conscious sedation last? 
Your effects of conscious sedation will likely last around 12 hours after your procedure. You may feel drowsy following your procedure, so it is recommended that you walk around with a trusted adult. Have more of your questions answered when you call our dentists that use IV sedation in Bellevue, WA.

relaxing dental solutions

At Premier Periodontics, we believe that getting the periodontal care you need should be a comfortable, pleasant experience, and is proud to offer this solution to help you get the treatment you need. By using IV or oral-conscious sedation, you can minimize fear, worry, and anxiety when undergoing dental care. Learn more about pairing your periodontal or implant procedure with IV or oral-conscious sedation by talking with our Bellevue, WA team today.

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