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IV Sedation – Murphy, TX

Getting the Dental Care You Need Without Fear

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An estimated 15% of the population have dental phobia to some degree and, in many cases, it prevents them from getting dental care. As an experienced sedation dentist in Murphy, our team has the advanced training to provide multiple options for everyone's needs, including IV sedation for patients with moderate to severe anxiety. We believe that everyone deserves to have great oral health, and we're thrilled to be able to make every visit comfortable and stress-free. If you'd like to get the high-quality dentistry you need, without fear or anxiety, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Why Choose Murphy Family Dentistry For IV Sedation?

  • #1 Three Types of Sedation Dentistry To Fit Everyone's Needs
  • #2 Highly-Trained and Experienced Sedation Experts
  • #3 Friendly, Compassionate Doctors and Staff

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

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IV sedation is sometimes called conscious sedation because, while you'll remain awake throughout your appointment, you'll feel deeply calm, relaxed, and less engaged with what's happening around you. While some types of sedation are breathed through a facemask or taken in pill form, we'll administer your sedation medication through an IV. Then, from start to finish, we'll closely monitor your breathing and heart rate to make sure you're doing great.

IV sedation doesn't wear off right away, so you’ll need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.  It's normal to feel very tired afterward, so many people fall asleep for several hours after they get home and are happy to wake up with their dental work behind them.

Preparing For IV Sedation

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We'll discuss how to prepare for your visit in detail but, in general, we recommend not eating or drinking for 8 hours beforehand (morning or earlier appointments are ideal for this reason). Wear loose, comfortable shoes and clothing and a minimum of jewelry. While we typically advise taking prescription medications as usual, we'll evaluate your health history and provide recommendations based on your individual needs.

Also, in addition to arranging a close friend or family member to drive you to and from our office, it's also a good idea to take the day off from work to fully rest and allow the effects of the sedation to wear off. 

Are You a Candidate For IV Sedation?

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IV sedation has been safely and effectively used for decades on millions of dental patients. It provides relatively deeper relaxation than other options, so it's perfect for anyone with moderate to severe anxiety. It's also especially helpful for the following situations:

  • When multiple procedures are done at once
  • Before longer appointments
  • Anyone with a history of traumatic dental experiences
  • Those with particularly complex dental problems
  • Patients who have a hard time getting numb
  • People with a bad gag reflex
  • Anyone with severely sensitive teeth

Benefits of IV Sedation for Treatment Plans 

We'll closely evaluate your medical and dental history, current oral health, age, goals, budget and more before creating the best treatment plan for you. Our recommendations may range from regular checkups and cleanings to more extensive dental work such as fillings, crown and bridgework, or root canals. In the past, you may have felt unable to complete recommended treatment because of fear.

However, IV sedation in Murphy makes it much easier for you to tolerate long or involved procedures and helps these visits run more smoothly. That, in turn, makes your dental work a more positive experience and helps reduce your dental phobia over time. Another advantage is that it creates an amnesia effect, so you'll likely have little to no memory of your dental work. Ultimately, IV sedation will help you get the dental care you need to have a healthy smile.

If you've struggled in the dental chair in the past, give us a call. Our warm, friendly team is here to help!