Sedation Dentistry in Baltimore


At Waterfront Dental

At Waterfront Dental, we have a variety of sedation options to treat patients with different levels of anxiety or phobia. With these options, you’ll able to stay calm and stress-free throughout extensive treatment. Give us a call today to learn more!


What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

IV sedation dentistry is a method of sedation that uses strong anti-anxiety medications that are delivered intravenously using a needle and an IV bag. It’s a method of deep, relaxing sedation that is ideal if you are having a long and complex dental procedure, or if you have serious dental anxiety and are afraid of an upcoming appointment at Waterfront Dental in Baltimore.

When you receive IV sedation, you will immediately begin to feel very sleepy and groggy. As the drugs begin to take effect, you will become very relaxed, and you will likely remember very little about what happens throughout the treatment. However, it’s important to note that IV sedation is not the same as general anesthesia, which renders you completely unconscious and requires the use of a breathing machine to ensure you breathe properly. With IV sedation, you will continue to breathe normally on your own. It is still possible to rouse you and you can still respond to verbal commands and light physical touch.

If you do receive IV sedation, it’s possible you will experience some after-effects like confusion, dizziness, headache, and nausea. You will not be able to drive yourself home after your procedure, so we will require you to come into Waterfront Dental with a relative or friend who can get you home and take care of your needs for the rest of the day.


Am I A Good Candidate For IV Sedation Dentistry?

You are likely a good candidate for IV sedation dentistry as long as you are healthy and do not have any history of serious drug abuse or major drug allergies.

Some medical conditions like clinical obesity or sleep apnea may affect your candidacy for IV sedation dentistry. Blocked nasal passages (from sinusitis, colds, etc.) can also interfere with proper breathing while sedated.

Before you can be sedated, Dr. Merguerian will want to discuss your medical history, allergies, and other details with you to ensure that you are a good candidate for IV sedation.

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