What is Intravenous Sedation?
Sleep Sedation or Intravenous Sedation is the state-of-the-art technique for the comprehensive control of pain and anxiety in dentistry. Intravenous (IV) Sedation uses sedative drugs that are delivered through the blood stream. Intravenous Sedation’s superior results make it the method of choice for the treatment of the highly fearful patient and those patients that want to be very comfortable during treatment. Because of the kinds of drugs used and the method of their delivery, IV Sedation allows Dr. Benjamin to control the drugs’ effects precisely. Techniques are constantly being refined to insure patient comfort and safety. We utilize one of the most advanced drug delivery systems available today.
Regulation of Intravenous Sedation
The use of IV Sedation in dentistry is carefully regulated by the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners. To perform these advanced sedative techniques, special university training and clinical experience are required. The educational standards that the Dental Board uses adhere to the American Dental Association’s Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students. The educational and special equipment requirements are so stringent that less than 1% of general dentists in Nevada have the permit to perform the procedures. Prior to the issuance of a Conscious Sedation Permit, the office must be specially equipped with emergency equipment and drugs. An in-office inspection is required of each dentist issued a permit. Dr. Benjamin has been granted a Conscious Sedation Permit to perform this advanced sedative technique. The office contains more emergency equipment and drugs than required by law, and the staff constantly trains to provide the highest level of sedation care possible.
Is IV Sedation safe?
While any sedative method caries a risk, we use some of the most advanced monitors and techniques available today. Dr. Stanley Malamed, Professor of Anesthesia and Medicine at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and a nationally known expert on dental sedation calls IV Sedation one of the safest of all sedative techniques. “While any sedative technique carries a degree of risk, the drugs used and their slow delivery, accompanied by modern monitoring equipment, make IV Sedation extremely safe. After personally supervising over 3,000 sedations at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, complications arising during sedation were less than 0.3 %, and even those were minor.” Since our office does many sedations per month, we constantly train to be ready for any occurrence. Each assistant is certified in Basic Life Support.