IV Sedation in Salem, OR

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IV sedation: The key to a calm and relaxed dental experience

Are you feeling anxious about visiting the dentist? Our Salem office offers IV sedation dentistry, which could be the perfect solution for you. This method uses an intravenous injection to induce a relaxed state. Unlike general anesthesia, you won’t be completely unconscious, but your consciousness will be significantly reduced, and you may have difficulty remembering the details of the procedure.

As the medication is delivered directly into your bloodstream, your dentist can easily control the level of sedation and adjust it as necessary to ensure maximum comfort. At Healthy Smiles Family Dental, we’ll discuss your sedation options before your procedure, creating a personalized plan to help you relax and stay comfortable. Request an appointment today to learn more about how we can help you improve your dental health.

For which procedures is IV sedation recommended?

At Healthy Smiles Family Dental, we offer sedation dentistry options for all procedures, including:

  • Root canals
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental implants
  • Cavity fillings
  • Gum disease treatments

It’s important to consult your dentist to determine if implant dentures are the right choice for you. Schedule an appointment today so we can evaluate your oral health, discuss any concerns, and create a personalized treatment plan to achieve the best results.

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Am I a candidate for IV Sedation?

IV sedation is typically recommended for patients who:

  • Experience moderate-to-severe dental anxiety
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Struggle to stay still for lengthy dental procedures
  • Have a low pain tolerance
  • Are undergoing multiple invasive procedures in one appointment.

If you are in good health and have not experienced any negative reactions to common anesthetics or sedatives, you may be a candidate for IV sedation at Healthy Smiles Family Dental. During your initial exam, we’ll assess your eligibility for sedation and provide guidance on the best options for your specific needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is IV sedation a safe option?

Yes, IV sedation is a proven safe and effective method for dental procedures. Research indicates that sedation helps patients remain calm during surgery and can reduce blood pressure, making the procedure safer overall.

Will I be unconscious during the procedure?

No, unlike general anesthesia, patients undergoing IV sedation are not completely unconscious. However, the sedative medication will cause a significant reduction in consciousness, and you may have difficulty recalling the details of the procedure.

Will I feel any pain during the procedure?

No, IV sedation is used to reduce discomfort and anxiety during dental procedures. In most cases, patients report little to no pain or discomfort during the procedure.

Will I feel drowsy or disoriented after receiving IV sedation?

Yes, you may feel groggy or disoriented following the procedure, which is why it’s recommended that you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home. However, the effects of the sedation will typically wear off within a few hours, and you should feel back to normal soon after.

How long does the sedative effect of IV sedation last?

The sedative effect of IV sedation can last several hours, depending on the type and amount of medication administered. Patients are typically advised to rest and avoid driving for a few hours following the procedure until the effects of the sedation have worn off.

Who should avoid IV sedation?

Patients with certain medical conditions, such as severe heart or lung disease, may not be good candidates for IV sedation. It’s important to discuss any health concerns or medical conditions with your dentist prior to the procedure.

How do I prepare for an IV sedation dental procedure?

We’ll provide you with specific instructions for preparing for the procedure, including fasting requirements and any medications that should be avoided prior to the procedure. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a safe and effective experience.

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Dentistry is teamwork

Let’s work together. At Healthy Smiles Family Dental, we’re here to help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile.

Our Salem dentists are known for their commitment to:

  • High-tech treatments
  • Quality and affordable care
  • Full-service dental care for patients of all ages

Our goal is for you to leave every appointment feeling excited about both the care you received and what the future holds for your smile.

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We can work with most insurance plans. If you don’t have dental insurance, we offer a variety of flexible payment options, including CareCredit.

Don’t see your insurance provider listed? Call our Salem dentist office at (503) 315-2500 and our friendly front desk staff will answer your questions.

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We offer CareCredit and discount plans through Principal and Carrington. Our office can also arrange payment plans with automatic withdrawals from your bank account.

Whether you have dental insurance or not, we’ll help you get the care you need at a price you can afford. 


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A healthier you starts right here. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your entire family. Schedule your consultation today at our Salem dentist office.

Have questions? Call (503) 315-2500. We hope to see you soon!

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