Sedation Dentistry in Kansas City

Anxiety or fear is one of the most common reasons many people miss out on the critical oral health care they need to maintain healthy teeth and gums. We offer Moderate IV Sedation to make any procedure pain and stress-free.

What is Moderate IV Sedation?

Moderate IV Sedation starts with the quick and comfortable delivery of a sedative drug through your bloodstream. Unlike nitrous oxide or pills, this method allows the dentist to adjust your sedation levels and ensure your controlled comfort throughout the procedure.

When under moderate IV sedation, you will breathe on your own and feel incredibly relaxed. You may doze lightly but will be easy to wake up with a gentle nudge. During your dental treatment, you will likely be awake and responsive. Still, you will feel minimal pain or anxiety, will not remember the procedure once you wake up, and you will be comfortable during even an extended procedure.

Which Dental Procedures Can Use Sedation?

Most dental treatments can use Moderate IV Sedation if it fits the patient’s needs. The best candidates for IV Sedation are patients who:

  • Struggle with high panic or anxiety during dental appointments due to fear of procedures or triggers from intense sounds
  • Patients who need extensive or painful dental work
  • People with strong gag reflexes or who struggle to sit still
  • Patients who must have multiple or long procedures the same day

Some common scenarios where a patient may request Moderate IV Sedation include tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, root canals, or fillings.

After Your Sedation Dentistry Appointment

To receive Moderate IV Sedation, you must have a driver bring you to your appointment and back home. You will most likely feel tired for several hours after the procedure is complete. For the following day, you should avoid exercise, taking any medications your dentist did not approve, operating heavy machinery, driving, or drinking alcohol.

Complications from this form of sedation are incredibly rare. However, if you notice suspicious symptoms, contact your dentist immediately.

Dental anxiety is a powerful force that can prevent you from getting the treatment you need. At keith + associates, your comfort is our top priority. Our dentists have received extensive training to provide Moderate IV Sedation during your procedure if needed.

If you’re ready to experience a stress-free dental appointment, give us a call at (913) 384-0044 or schedule an appointment online.