I.V. Sedation Dentistry

We are fortunate to have Dr. Aubrey Hedrick who is certified to administer I.V. (intravenous) sedation in our dental office.
I.V. sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable while you receive your dental treatment. A small needle is placed in either your arm or back of your hand. With this access, Dr. Hedrick administers the medication needed to help you reach the most optimum state of relaxation.


What makes me a candidate for I.V.Sedation?
1- Fear of receiving dental treatment.
2- Strong gag reflex.
3- History of traumatic dental experience.
4- Extremely sensitive teeth.
5- You hate the noises, smells and taste associated with dental treatment.
6- You have not received professional dental care in many years.

What do I need to do to get started?
First, a standard consultation / interview will need to occur.
At this time Dr. Hedrick will take a complete health history which includes taking your blood pressure, oxygen level, and hearth rate. It is critical that you tell Dr. Hedrick about any and all medications and supplements that you take. Your safety is our priority and if deemed necessary a call may be placed to your primary care physician or any other healthcare medical specialist to discuss your care prior to treatment.

A complete oral exam will also be conducted. This may include dental x-rays and possibly study models taken of your mouth. A dental plan will be determined and agreed upon so that you may get the most out of your IV sedation and to decrease the number of times that IV treatment is used.

We will do everything we can to keep you as comfortable as possible but there are a few things that we must ask you do:
1. First of all, you must refrain from anything to eat or drink 6 hours prior to your appointment. We ask that ladies wear only a minimal amount of make-up and no nail polish.
2. Please wear loose fitting clothing and shirt sleeves that will accommodate a blood pressure cuff.
3. We will ask you to visit the restroom prior to starting treatment.
4. We require you to bring a companion with you to drive you home and to have a companion with you for a few hours while you recover at home from the anesthesia.
5. You can resume eating with guidelines of diet suggested by Dr. Hedrick. It depends on dental treatment you received but usually a soft diet is standard.
6 .If you were prescribed something for pain, it is important to eat as much as tolerated, then wait 10 minutes before taking the prescribed pain medicines. Narcotics irritate the lining of the stomach and food consumed helps to prevent the nausea that can be a side effect of the pain medicine.

Your comfort will always be our priority in this office. Feel secure in knowing that our dental team will be available after hours should you have any questions or need further assistance.