Dr. Kwan M. Lee is licensed and certified for IV sedation since 2010. Since then, he has completed more than 500 hours of sedation cases without any single incident. He is one of a very limited number of general dentists who offer IV sedation and can complete most or all of your dentistry. IV sedation is offered to the anxious, fearful or very young patients. Sedative medications are slowly titrated through IV line and you will fall into the sleep and yet you will be able to breathe at your own and respond to the doctor’s voice. After recovery, you would not remember anything from the procedures such as pain or sounds.
Any patient, from child to adult, who experiences dental anxiety is a good candidate for IV sedation dentistry. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor about sedation dentistry as an option for your next dental treatment:
Extreme dental anxiety, or fear of visiting the dentist
Fear of needles and/or shots
Past traumatic dental experience
Inability to handle the smells or noises at a dentist's office
Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
Need for a more complex dental treatment
Self-consciousness about one's teeth
Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment
IV sedation is very safe when carried out under the supervision of a specially-trained dentist. Dr. Lee has been specially-trained and certified for IV sedation and Dr. Lee has been doing IV sedation since 2010 with more than 500 hours of IV sedation without a single incident.
Most of your dental insurances cover for IV sedation; however, you would check your insurance since there are some coverage restrictions.
In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.