We get it. Endodontic procedures can seem scary, but we work hard to fix that! We want to assure you that your treatment will be comfortable and pain-free, and we can do that by offering several levels of sedation, including conscious IV sedation. This form of sedation relaxes you and brings you to an altered state of consciousness. You may still react to commands, but you won't remember the procedure and won't feel any pain. You may think you've been asleep the whole time!
We offer conscious IV sedation because we've found that it's safer than general anesthesia and better for our patients because they can be roused quickly and can leave soon after their procedure is done, rather than waiting to wake fully to go home. We often have patients return to full consciousness after their procedure and say, "that's it?" We love hearing that our patients found their procedure so easy!
Conscious IV sedation allows you to be relaxed and feel no pain during your procedure, yet it's often safer than general anesthesia. We can also wake you immediately after your procedure is finished.
Conscious IV sedation relaxes you completely. You may even think you're asleep, though you can be roused easily.
With conscious IV sedation, you are fully relaxed and should feel no pain during the procedure.
Conscious IV sedation is safer because you can be roused quickly, compared to anesthesia which has to wear off.
Patients often come out of conscious IV sedation faster than anesthesia, but you may be groggy the rest of the day.
Conscious IV sedation uses a combination of drugs administered intravenously that alter your state of consciousness. You end up very relaxed with little to no memory of the procedure and no pain.
Whereas anesthesia puts you completely to sleep, conscious IV sedation simply puts you in an altered state of consciousness. You can still react to verbal prompts, and you can be returned to full consciousness very quickly, as opposed to waiting for the anesthesia to wear off before you can be awakened.
We provide conscious IV sedation in a variety of procedures, and also for patients who may have excessive anxiety about their procedure. However, we will need to ensure you have no underlying conditions, such as heart conditions, and that you are not on certain medications. We will screen you for both prior to any procedure.
Conscious IV sedation puts you into an altered state of consciousness. You won't remember your procedure and you will feel no pain, but you will be very relaxed and technically awake. You will be able to respond to verbal prompts. Once your procedure is done, we will be able to return you to full consciousness quickly.
We have found conscious IV sedation to be safer than general anesthesia for most of our patients because we can rouse them faster than with general anesthesia. However, you will still be groggy the rest of the day, which is why we require you to have a ride home and someone to take care of you after your procedure. We cannot perform your procedure if you do not have someone to take you home.
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"Dr. Katherine was amazing. She explained everything and was very kind and gentle, as gentle as one can be with a root canal. I certainly wouldn’t hope for an opportunity to revisit, but if it comes I know I’ll be in good hands. Thank you."
"It was completely painfree - to the point where I almost fell asleep. What must have been a routine procedure for Dr. Behrents has been a life changer for me, and they took my insurance no problem. I'm forever grateful and so appreciative of the work they did!"
"What an amazing place - what an amazing doctor. Thank you so much for an enjoyable visit! Dr. Townsend and team, thank you so much for all you do. while I hope I don’t have to come see you again soon, if I do - I know you’ll take amazing care of me."
"Katherine is very patient, positive, and very responsive. She was able to get me in first thing Monday morning after an incident happened to me. Would recommend everyone to book an appointment with her. Trust me! Get your root canal done by her. Katherine is SO sweet and will definitely help you feel tremendously better."
"Honestly the best dental experience I’ve ever had. I was in and out for a root canal in under an hour and didn’t feel a thing. Pretty sure I fell asleep during the procedure."
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