Gulf Shore Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Childs, DDS, FICOI, FAGD & Dr. Andrew Haidet, DMD

How does IV sedation dentistry work ?

We offer a number of sedation options, and the type we use depends on your level of anxiety. If you suffer with severe dental phobia, you may be unable to get the dental treatment you need without IV (Intravenous) sedation.

IV sedation is so efficient and effective because the medication flows directly into your bloodstream. To start the flow of medication, the dentist must insert a catheter into your hand or arm.

You may feel a small pinch, but we can reduce your anxiety about this part of the procedure by using a topical anesthetic or prescribing a mild sedative to help you relax before you arrive at our office.

With any treatment, there are sights, sounds and smells that can trigger a negative reaction for certain patients. The benefit of IV sedation is that it offers a much deeper level of sedation than either nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation. During treatment you remain completely relaxed, and you are not affected by what’s happening around you.

You can be completely confident about sedation dentistry at Childs and Childs Dentistry because we have been certified through the Florida Board of Dentistry since 1996. Please be aware that it is necessary for you to have a designated driver if you are receiving any type of sedation.