Intravenous Conscious Sedation (“Twilight Sedation”)
Our West End office offers our patients the option of Intravenous Conscious Sedation for their endodontic treatment. This is another service that sets our office apart from other endodontic practices.
Intravenous Conscious Sedation helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Your treatment can be completed for you under intravenous sedation, if you so desire. Intravenous conscious sedation or “IV sedation” (twilight sedation) is designed to better enable you undergo your endodontic procedures while you are very relaxed. It will enable you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a “twilight sleep”.
If you choose the option of intravenous conscious sedation your IV sedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by Dr. Timothy J. Finkler, therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility.
How is the IV Conscious Sedation Administered?
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The IV catheter will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. Once again some patients may be asleep while others will slip in and out of sleep. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.
The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. IV sedation is very safe!
Along with IV sedation there are also different “levels” of anxiolysis available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia and oral anxiolysis or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation – basically we can tailor the anesthesia to your need or desire.
Sedation dentistry is also a great option for the elderly, the disabled, or simply- the fearful!
Sedation Dentistry for the Disabled
It may be especially difficult for people with disabilities to obtain access to proper dental care. They must find a dentist who is skilled and compassionate, and who can provide services for which some dentists may not be qualified. At Commonwealth Endodontics, we provide the expertise, state-of-the-art-equipment, and dedication to assisting special-needs patients necessary to ensuring great oral care for our patients.
Disabled patients may face added challenges in maintaining their oral health. Their disability may make it difficult to brush or floss regularly; they may also suffer a severe gag reflux, or dry mouth as a result of medication. Dr. Finkler meets these challenges with sedation dentistry for the disabled. Dr. Finkler is skilled in anesthesia for special-needs patients, and can ease the fear associated with out-of-control oral hygiene with one visit.
Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful
Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag refluxes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.
If you suffer from dental phobia- fear no more! At Commonwealth Endodontics, we are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Not only will our staff treat you with delicacy and care, but IV sedation will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. While engaging in a pleasant sleeplike experience, Dr. Finkler will be hard at work making sure you get the results you desire.