IV Sedation in Cerritos CA

For some patients, just the thought of making a dental appointment creates near-paralyzing concern. Even though you may know us and feel comfortable at our office, anxiety may still come into play. Keep in mind, your oral health and comfort are our top priorities. There is no reason to feel ashamed or to put off necessary dental services, including regular cleanings, because your nerves get the best of you. Dr. Hofkes and our team will discuss whether IV sedation is a good option for your dental surgery visits.

What Is IV Sedation?

IV sedation is administered intravenously. We will place a small needle in your arm or the back of your hand. The sedative will flow from a tube directly into your bloodstream. You will not fall asleep as a result of this anti-anxiety medication. You will, however, feel extremely relaxed without losing your ability to respond to the dentist.

What Are the Benefits of IV Sedation?

Most people experience some form of anxiety when visiting the dentist. However, when the nerves eclipse a patient’s decision to seek treatment, a calming agent is often helpful. Avoiding cleanings and treatments can lead to oral health decline and damage that is easily prevented and handled simply by making regular visits. If you feel immense anxiety when planning a visit to a dental surgeon, consider the following benefits to decide whether IV sedation is the right choice for you:

  • IV sedation clouds a patient’s attention to sights, sounds, smells, and tastes, unlike milder forms of sedation, like nitrous oxide.
  • Your reduced stress and muscle tension during your treatment may yield less intense recovery pain.
  • IV sedation relaxes your gag reflex.
  • Dr. Hofkes can increase or decrease the dosage at-will for customized sedation.
  • Your dentist may call on an anesthesiologist to monitor your vital signs. You will be monitored closely every step of the way while Dr. Hofkes concentrates on completing your procedure.
  • Because this is a deep form of sedation, you may forget some or most of the dental treatment.

Am I a Good Candidate for This Sedation?

If you’ve ever wished you could have a cozy, comfortable dental visit without feeling anxious, IV sedation is a helpful option. IV sedation is well-suited to patients who have high anxiety associated with dental surgery visits. However, if you have an allergy to sedatives, such as benzodiazepines, have sleep apnea or glaucoma or other serious health concerns, such a recent heart attack, IV sedation may not be recommended. Dr. Hofkes will go over your health history with you to determine whether you are fit for this type of sedation. Remember, we offer comprehensive sedation dentistry options so that all of our patients feel at ease. 

Schedule an Appointment!

At the offices of Shawn Hofkes, DDS, we are dedicated to providing you with the care that will help you achieve a healthy, brilliant smile. Please contact us today to schedule your dental appointment with Dr. Hofkes. Contact our Cerritos office located in Fountain Plaza, directly across from Los Cerritos Center. Shawn Hofkes, DDS, is happy to offer dental services to patients from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, Fullerton, and surrounding communities.