Our Sedation Dentistry Options
We understand that for some patients dental treatment can be worrisome. Fear develops around receiving a shot, drilling, and certain procedures. We can relieve your anxiety with conscious sedation dentistry. Our practice is one of the few in this state that has received the special training to provide both oral and IV sedation. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is also administered when lighter sedation is all that’s needed.
IV sedation gives the highest level of relaxation. It takes effect very rapidly and allows accurate control over the amount of sedation. This is the main difference between taking a pill and having intravenous medication. As it flows through the bloodstream, it relaxes you to a deep level. You will be unaware of the procedure, and an hour will seem like only minutes. This method works well to relieve fear as well as for those who need more work accomplished in one visit.
For a lighter level of sedation, we provide oral conscious sedation. One hour before your appointment, you take a pill we have given you. As you begin to relax in the dental chair, you steadily reach a deeper level of relaxation, but will still be able to answer questions when asked by the doctor. Vital signs will be monitored and when the procedure is completed, a friend or family member will drive you home. Within an hour, you will be completely conscious.
Some people have even more fear of being “put out.” But you are not unconscious, just sedated to a level of being unaware of the procedure. You will have no memory of it, but retain perception of your environment. It is sedation that keeps you relaxed throughout treatment.
Dr. Rick Kava's Sioux City Dental
2930 Hamilton Blvd., Upper F Suite 101
Sioux City, IA 51104