Sedation Dentistry


 Sedation dentistry is the discipline in dentistry that manages pain and anxiety through the use of local anesthesia, sedation, and general anesthesia. For patients who suffer anxiety when visiting the dentist, it is sometimes necessary to administer sedative medications before a treatment. These sedatives are administered directly into the blood stream, in a procedure known as intravenous conscious sedation. This enables the patient to relax but also remain conscious during treatment.

Types of Dental Sedation


Sedatives induce a state of deep relaxation. This enables a patient to receive treatments that they would otherwise be too fearful to undergo. Sedation does have some side effects, in particular, memory loss. Many patients can’t remember the treatment after it is finished and suffer amnesia (memory loss) during the time they were sedated. This is common and patients may think they were asleep during the procedure, although this is not the case; they just can’t remember it.

Intravenous Sedation

Intravenous, or IV Sedation is the administration of the sedative directly into the vein. This involves a thin needle being inserted into the arm, or back of the hand, from which a plastic tube is connected. This is called a cannula, but is sometimes referred to as a drip. The sedative is fed into the blood stream throughout the cannula during this dental procedure. Before IV sedation can take place, blood pressure needs to be taken and constantly monitored throughout the procedure.

Undergoing Sedation

For people undergoing IV sedation, it is important that the patient does not consume food four hours prior to the procedure and do not drink two hours before. After the treatment, it is also important that you don’t drive or conduct any physical activity for the rest of the day. It is also best avoid a heavy meal, as some patients may feel a little nauseated following sedation. It is advisable that patients undergoing sedation have somebody accompany them so they can be escorted home. It is also advisable that you have an adult remain with them until the effects of the sedation have completely worn off. It is important to rest for the remainder of the day and avoid alcohol, and if you experience any unusual symptoms to contact your dentist immediately.

Thomas Gonzales, D.D.S. has educated graduate, pre-doctoral, and dental hygiene students in the management of pain, fear, and anxiety associated with dental treatment at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. As a Clinical Professor, Dr. Gonzales taught Advanced IV Sedation.

 At Sedation and Implant Dentistry Las Vegas we offer General Anesthesia, IV Sedation and Nitrous Oxide. While many dentists in Irvine may only take a basic course to obtain certification to provide sedation dentistry, Dr. Gonzales went several steps beyond and took advanced courses in IV sedation dentistry at Advanced Anesthesia in Los Angeles. He has advanced skills in protecting the patient at every level of IV sedation dentistry. This is extremely important because the patient is always safe throughout the entire procedure. IV sedation dentistry in the right, qualified hands is one of the most effective ways for patients to get the best results.

Why people prefer our IV sedation dental practice in Las Vegas, NV

 No pain No fear No memory

He has such a skill for Sedation dentistry he began to teach the method at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Just to stay ahead of any advancement in sedation dentistry, Dr. Gonzales also takes 200 hours of refresher courses each year.

If you fear dentistry at any level or are anxious about your new dental implants, please don’t hesitate to discuss that with us. We love changing people’s minds about dentistry and dental implants every day through a great experience and beautiful results. There is no need to fear the dentist with us. We even offer a free initial consultation so you can ask all of your questions and get information and peace of mind!

Sedation dentistry is recommended for people with…

Mild to severe anxiety
No time for multiple dental visits
Special needs (fragile health, disabilities)

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