Intravenous Sedation (“Twilight Sedation”)

Our office offers our patients the option of Intravenous Sedation,also referred to as Dental Intravenous Anesthesia, or “Twilight Sedation,” fortheir dental treatment. This is what sets our office apart from other dentalpractices; it is our niche, if you will.

Intravenous Sedation or “twilight sleep” helps you to becomfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Your treatment can becompleted for you under intravenous sedation, if you so desire. Intravenoussedation or “IV sedation” (twilight sedation) is designed to better enable youundergo your dental procedures while you are very relaxed. It will enable youto tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be veryuncomfortable for you. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxietyassociated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep but you will becomfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a “twilightsleep”.

If you choose the option of intravenous sedation your IVsedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by Dr. Haddad, therefore eliminating the costlyexpense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-daysurgical facility.

How is the IV Sedation Administered?

A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand.The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medicationwill be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. At times a patient’s veinmay not be able to sustain a needle for the length of the procedure. In thiscase, the medications will be administered and the needle retrieved. Bothscenarios will achieve the same desired level of conscious sedation. Once againsome patients may be asleep while others will slip in and out of sleep. Somepatients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only belightly sedated and may not sleep at all.

The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possibleto get the treatment completed. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” ismaintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can beadministered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. IVsedation is very safe!

Along with IV sedation there are also different “levels” ofsedation available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia andoral sedation or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation – basically wecan tailor the anesthesia to your need or desire. Once again, all modalitiesare administered and monitored by Dr. Haddad in the safety and comfort of ouroffice environment.

Sedation dentistry is also a great option for the elderly, thedisabled, or simply- the fearful!

Sedation Dentistry for the Elderly

As we age, our oral health becomes more important than ever.Periodontal disease can lead to bone and tooth loss, which affects nearly everypart of our daily lives. To lead full and active lives, we need our teeth andgums. They allow us enjoy food, support speech and good conversation, andfacilitate digestion. Dr. Haddad is dedicated to treating elderly patients withcare and commitment to comfort and health.

Elderly patients as a group tend to avoid dental visits for avariety of reasons, including: more pressing medical concerns, anxiety abouttreatment, the hardship of transportation, or fixed incomes. Once their oralhealth has reached an unmanageable point, fear and embarrassment further keepthese patients away from the dentist.

For elderly patients embarrassed or fearful of their current oralstate, sedation dentistry provides the opportunity for Dr. Haddad to treatthese conditions while the patient remains relaxed and unaware until “awaking”to an improved oral state!

Sedation Dentistry for the Disabled

It may be especially difficult for people with disabilities toobtain access to proper dental care. They must find a dentist who is skilled andcompassionate, and who can provide services for which some dentists may not bequalified. At Pasadena Dentistry, we provide the expertise,state-of-the-art-equipment, and dedication to assisting special-needs patientsnecessary to ensuring great oral care for our patients.

Disabled patients may face added challenges in maintaining theiroral health. Their disability may make it difficult to brush or flossregularly; they may also suffer a severe gag reflex, or dry mouth as a resultof medication. Dr. Haddad meets these challenges with sedation dentistry forthe disabled. Dr. Haddad is skilled in anesthesia for special-needs patients,and can ease the fear associated with out-of-control oral hygiene with onevisit.

Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful

Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousandsof people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, andsevere gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxietywhen thinking about visiting the dentist.

If you suffer from dental phobia- fear no more! At PasadenaDentistry, we are committed to understanding the very real nature of yourfears. Not only will our staff treat you with delicacy and care, but IVsedation will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. Whileengaging in a pleasant sleep-like experience, Dr. Haddad will be hard at workmaking sure you “wake up” with the results you desire.