A Comfortable Procedure, Faster Recovery
Feeling anxious about visiting the dentist? If so, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a common condition that drives thousands of Americans to steer clear of the dentist altogether — which can lead to serious consequences like gum disease, tooth decay, lung infection, and more.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is a safe and effective solution for relieving any fear or discomfort you may feel during your visit. Dr. Christopher Henninger is one of only five percent of restorative dentists who are certified by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology to administer IV sedation.
Generally, Dr. Henninger offers IV sedation to patients who:
- Feel nervous or anxious about going to the dentist
- Desire a more relaxed, comfortable treatment
- Hope to complete treatment in as few visits as possible
Our Vista dental office is uniquely positioned to provide patients with comprehensive services during your dental implant procedure. Discover the many benefits of sedation.
Put Your Mind at Ease With IV Sedation
Here at North County Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, your comfort is our utmost priority. That’s why we offer IV sedation as a safe, effective way to ensure you’re relaxed before starting your procedure. There are a number of benefits that IV sedation has to offer, such as:
- Works quickly and efficiently
- Provides a higher level of comfort
- Reduces recovery time
- Offers a cost-effective solution
The process is safe, simple, and conveniently administered right here in our office without any hassle. Best of all, IV sedation allows us to perform several or complex procedures in as little as one visit.
Why Patients Choose Dr. Christopher Henninger
Dr. Henninger has successfully administered dental sedation to countless patients while delivering effective, long-lasting results. Patients confidently choose Dr. Henninger because he:
- Is one of only five percent of restorative dentists who are certified in IV sedation.
- Has full hospital privileges at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas and at the Tri-City medical Center.
- Completed a year-long residency focusing on dental anesthesia, oral surgery, and complex dental treatments.
- Is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard the USS Boxer as department head and the ship’s only dentist.
The Smile You Want, The Comfort You Need
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be awake during my procedure with IV sedation?
A common misconception about IV sedation is that it will cause patients to fall asleep. IV sedation won’t cause you to become unconscious, but rather put you in a deep state of relaxation.
Though you may experience drowsiness, you’ll still be able to respond to verbal prompts from a dental professional. A member of our dental team will monitor you throughout the procedure to ensure you’re comfortable.
How long does IV sedation last?
IV sedation typically lasts about two hours depending on the length of the procedure. The effects of IV sedation typically fade within 24 hours. You’ll likely feel drowsy or nauseous during this time, so it’s recommended that you arrange for a ride home after your procedure. There are no known long-term effects of IV sedation.
Can you feel any pain with IV sedation?
With IV sedation, you’ll be numb to any pain or anxiety you may feel during your procedure. Unlike local anesthesia, which can only numb your mouth, IV sedation will put you in a state of deep relaxation. You likely won’t have any memory of the procedure, which patients with dental anxiety find helpful.
Can I eat before dental sedation?
It’s crucial to avoid eating or drinking at least six hours before your procedure. Plain water, however, is fine to have at least two hours beforehand.
Your reflexes are suppressed under sedation. If you become nauseous after being sedated and have anything in your stomach, it could lead to complications. Your procedure will likely be canceled if you eat or drink before your appointment.
Are there any aftercare guidelines following IV sedation?
After IV sedation, there are a few guidelines you should follow to ensure a safe and speedy recovery, including:
- Avoid vigorous movement or exercise
- Continue to move around to help your body metabolize the medication
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid foods that might upset your stomach
- Avoid alcohol and unapproved medications
- Avoid operating heavy machinery
- Refrain from making any major life decisions
Can anyone undergo IV sedation?
While IV sedation can help patients with dental anxiety relax during procedures, it’s unfortunately not for everyone. You may be ineligible for IV sedation if you have:
- Liver or kidney diseases
- Thyroid disorders
- Respiratory problems
- Conflicting medications
Dr. Henninger will determine if you’re a candidate for IV sedation at your initial consultation. If necessary, he’ll discuss your other options so you can undergo a safe and comfortable procedure.