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Intravenous Sedation (“Twilight Dentistry”)

Our office offers our patients the option of Intravenous Sedation or Dental Intravenous Anesthesia or to some it is referred to as “Twilight Dentistry” for their dental treatment. This is what sets our East Brunswick, New Jersey office apart from other dental practices; this is our niche, if you will.

Intravenous Sedation or  “twilight dentistry” 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 sedation or “IV sedation” (twilight dentistry) is designed to better enable you to undergo your dental 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.

If you choose the option of intravenous sedation your IV sedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by Dr. Grizzaffi therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same day surgical facility.

How is the IV Sedation Administered?

A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. At times a patient’s vein may not be maintainable, in these situations the medications will be administered and the needle retrieved – both scenarios will achieve the same desired level of conscious sedation. 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. It is very safe, much safer than oral sedation. 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.

Along with IV sedation, there are also other different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia and oral sedation or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation – basically, we can tailor the anesthesia to your need or desire. Once again with all modalities being administered and monitored by Dr. Grizzaffi in the safety and comfort of our office environment.

For more information about Intravenous Sedation (Twilight Dentistry),
and to find out if it is the right modality for you
in order to help you get your treatment completed,
call our East Brunswick, New Jersey office at 732-257-3692

To Learn More About Sedation Dentistry Click Visit Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedation_dentistry