IV Sedation

We recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Dr. Del Vecchio and his staff work hard to make sure that you have a comfortable, positive experience, and that's why we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry / general anesthesia for those patients needing a little extra comfort before receiving treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving dental care should never prevent you from having the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.

Customized sedation dentistry / general anesthesia that is safe and effective

There are different types of sedation dentistry, and you and Dr. Del Vecchio will work together to decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give you the care you need while ensuring your comfort every step of the way.

Did You Know?

Dr. Del Vecchio lectures and teaches nationally to other oral surgery teams on Out-Patient Anesthesia Care? Medical Complications? Emergency Airway Management? Emergency Scenarios of Various Conditions! He has lectured and continues to do so with the AAOMS at their yearly meeting.  Hundreds have sent their staff and surgical team to this course... 

So if you are worried or not trusting the standard care for anesthesia, be assured that Dr. Del Vecchio is in the forefront for your safety and care. As well as the impeccable record the specialty of oral surgery has in providing such care!

Common questions about sedation / general anesthesia?

We understand that you may have many questions about sedation / general anesthesia before receiving treatment. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about sedation dentistry:

  • Will I feel anything during my treatment?

    Patients do not feel anything. There is no discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.

  • Is IV sedation different than general anesthesia?

    Yes with IV sedation you will still be conscious and responsive and you will be in a deep state of relaxation.  With general anesthesia that level of relaxation will be deeper. 

  • Is sedation safe?

    Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting your treatment with IV sedation, Dr. Del Vecchio will help you decide if IV sedation is right for your treatment.

  • How long will it take the sedation to wear off?

    The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you've received, how long your treatment is, and how quickly your own body can recover. Because sedation causes drowsiness, it is recommended that you have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. After your treatment, you should not drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery.

  • Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

    Any patient, who experiences dental anxiety is a good candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask Dr. Del Vecchio about sedation dentistry as an option for your next dental treatment:

    • Extreme dental anxiety, or fear of visiting the dentist
    • Fear of needles and/or shots
    • Past traumatic dental experience
    • Inability to handle the smells or noises at a dentist's office
    • Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
    • Need for a more complex dental treatment
    • Self-consciousness about one's teeth
    • Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment

If you feel that you could benefit from sedation dentistry at your next appointment, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your needs.

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