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IV Sedation

Dental anxiety affects millions of Americans and keeps many of us from getting the care we need.

Dr. Gregory E. Anderson offers IV sedation to help patients remain relaxed and comfortable during appointments.

Learn how sedation dentistry at our practice in Logan and Garland, UT, can reduce anxiety and improve overall patient experience...

What Is IV Sedation?

Intravenous (IV) sedation involves administering anti-anxiety medication directly into the patient's bloodstream to promote fast, effective levels of sedation that can be monitored and controlled throughout the procedure. Unlike oral sedation or nitrous oxide, IV sedation dentistry is a deep level of sedation that leaves most patients with little memory of the procedure.

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The medication is inserted through a needle directly into the bloodstream. Where other sedation methods may take an hour for patients to experience relaxing sensations, IV sedation works within minutes.

Are You a Candidate
for Sedation Dentistry?

You don't have to undergo a specific oral procedure to receive IV sedation. If you request IV sedation, our dentist will review your medical history to ensure sedation dentistry is safe for you. Though IV sedation is safe for most patients, there are some factors that can prevent you from receiving IV sedation:

To undergo sedation, you must be in good health, not be pregnant, and have no history of bad reactions to the intended sedative
Our dentist will review your medical records before treatment and monitor your condition throughout your appointment to ensure a safe and effective dental procedure. Medication can be stopped at any time during treatment and reversal drugs are available in the rare case that the patient has an allergic reaction. 

Interested in IV Sedation? Request an Appointment

IV sedation can be a great way to calm nerves and make your time in the dental chair more relaxing. If you aren't sure if you qualify or are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, contact our Logan or Garland, UT, dentistry offices to learn more.

Dr. Anderson has been a board-certified oral surgeon in practice for 24 years. Patients have turned to Dr. Anderson to help correct their dental concerns because he takes the time and energy to be available to patients as much as he can. Trusted and highly reviewed, Dr. Anderson uses dental care techniques that allow for minimal surgical intervention in order to provide optimal comfort to all patients.

Ready to take the first step? Request a consultation at our Logan or Garland, UT, dentistry offices by calling:

(435) 755-5000

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Kevin Gidley

2019

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The staff here are incredible. As far as health coverage is concerned, they go above and beyond to get your procedure approved. Sandra was literally on the phone with my insurance company for three straight hours. She gets it done! It's refreshing to see a medical office work so hard on behalf of their clients. I would never have been able to afford this surgery out-of-pocket. If I could give six stars, I would.

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Bradley Braverman

2021

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Dr . Anderson is the best surgeon ever!!! His bedside manner is top notch and really and truly very personable. I had to have a procedure today and be sedated for the procedure. He personally placed the is and did the sedation himself! He was very gentle and reassuring. Dr Anderson you are truly amazing. I am very blessed to have a Dr that cares aviut his patients and really and truly treats them as if they were his own family! He is the best! Thank you once again Love to you and your awsome staff!

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How IV Sedation Works

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Before beginning your procedure, your dentist places an IV, usually in your arm or hand. Next, anti-anxiety medications are administered. A member of your dental team assesses your oxygen, heart rate, and blood pressure throughout your dental visit.

How Will I Feel?

​Sedation dentistry makes you feel relaxed and at ease. You will become less aware of what is going on around you and may fall asleep. However, you will still be able to communicate with your dentist if necessary.

How Should I Plan?

The sedatives used during intravenous, or IV, sedation temporarily affect cognitive abilities and motor function. For this reason, patients should have a responsible friend or family member drive them to and from our Logan or Garland offices.

Is IV Sedation Safe? Risks and Complications

Sedation dentistry is safe and effective when performed by a skilled and knowledgeable dentist. As with any dental procedure, there are certain potential side effects.

Nausea and Vomiting

Individuals who are prone to motion sickness may feel nauseous following IV sedation. If this occurs, anti-nausea medications can be administered to ease the discomfort.

Allergic Reaction

Though rare, it is possible to be allergic to the sedative medications. Any adverse effects can be treated immediately with reversal drugs.

Headaches

Headaches may occur, which can be exacerbated by dehydration from fasting beforehand. Drink plenty of water after the procedure to reduce this risk.

Bruising

Sometimes bruising may occur around the IV site. This is a normal side effect which should diminish in just a few days.

Dry Mouth

Some sedatives can lead to dry mouth. This side effect should subside once the medication is out of your system.

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2022

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Dr Anderson has wonderful bed side manors and always lets me know the pros and cons of what I dealing . Very intellectual and listens to your wants and needs and fears . He makes you feels safe and explains the procedures as he does them . His staff is well trained and very nice and understanding of situations and makes you feel at home I highly recommend him to anyone . Thanks again

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Mary j

2020

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Dr Anderson has helped me to be able to function when my mouth has been in so much pain. I had 2 implants that could not heal. My entire mouth was sore tender and not working. From previous dentist work. Dr Anderson solved the problems with the implants and helped me to once again be able eat abs have a normal life. Thank you to you and your staff. Mary Kay W

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Not Everyone Will Qualify

Sedation and general anesthesia aren't suitable for everyone. However, some factors will influence who can have sedation treatment. We offer a wide range of sedation and anesthesia options to appeal to a vast pool of patients. 

Anesthetics and sedatives always carry a certain amount of risk. However, the following factors increase your risk: You have never taken the intended sedative; You are obese; You have obstructive sleep apnea; You are prone to Serotonin syndrome
Our oral surgeon will review your medical records and ensure sedation or anesthesia is safe for you before administering medication.  

Additional Treatment Methods Offered

While IV sedation is a popular sedation dentistry method, we understand that some patients may prefer a lighter form of sedation or a stronger treatment option. We offer other pain management and sedation dentistry methods to meet every need:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, is a lighter form of sedation that allows patients to drive themselves home within 15 minutes following the procedure. The nitrous oxide anti-anxiety medication is administered in a gas form through a mask placed over the patient's nose.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is applied to the mouth to numb pain for a virtually painless procedure.  Local anesthesia can be used on its own, or paired with IV sedation or nitrous oxide. These sedation methods relax your mind but do not numb the body; when paired with local anesthesia, treatment is both relaxing and virtually pain-free. Local anesthesia is not necessary if a patient chooses general anesthesia.

General Anesthesia

We offer general anesthesia for patients who want to be unconscious during their procedure. A breathing tube will be inserted, and your condition will be closely monitored during this procedure. With general anesthesia, there is no need for numbing the site as the whole body will feel numb.  

IV Sedation vs. General Anesthesia

During general anesthesia in a hospital setting, patients are intubated. Because IV sedation is a type of conscious sedation, you can breathe on your own during treatment, making it a safer choice for most patients undergoing dentistry treatments.

Nervous About a Dental Procedure? Request an Appointment

Dr. Anderson offers treatment solutions for any age in an environment suited to accommodate patients with disabilities. Significant dental procedures can feel foreign and scary, but IV sedation can help calm nerves and make the procedure a relaxing experience. With IV sedation, most patients won't even remember the procedure once the flow of medicine stops.

Take treatment into your own hands with IV sedation. Call our dentistry office to request an appointment and see what IV sedation can do for you:

(435) 755-5000

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Daniel

2017

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Dr Anderson is friendly and professional. My family has come to him for multiple major surgeries over the years and he is always focused and attentive to his work. He makes patients feel comfortable with the open atmosphere and his family friendly style. Dr Anderson has used laughing gas to help numb me before surgeries (I hate it so I've requested no more) and is also an anesthesiologist so surgery is pain free!

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lynnette bennett

2021

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Dr. Anderson has been my oral surgeon for many years. I have always found him to be knowledgeable, patient, gentle and has a wonderful bedside manner. I would definitely recommend Dr. Gregory Anderson and his staff to family, friends or anyone wanting a caring and skilled oral surgeon.

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Step-by-Step Breakdown of Sedation Dentistry

Here’s what you can expect when you undergo dental work at our Logan or Garland practice with the use of sedation:

Initial Consultation

Upon your first visit with us, we will discuss all of the sedation options available to you. We’ll learn a bit about your medical history and consider the type of dental procedure you’ll be getting to recommend a safe, effective method of sedation.

Preparation (Oral Conscious)

If you are receiving oral conscious sedation, Dr. Anderson will prescribe medications for you to pick up before your procedure appointment. Make sure to follow the instructed dose of the pill before coming into the office. Once you’re in the chair, you may receive another dose.

In-Office Sedative Administration

We administer nitrous oxide, IV sedation, or general anesthesia in our Logan or Garland office before beginning your procedure. Depending on your sedation, you’ll either be fitted with a mask that delivers a steady flow of laughing gas or you’ll get an intravenous line connected to a supply of medication.

Effects and Procedure

You’ll start to relax and may begin to feel slightly drowsy as the medications enter your bloodstream. IV sedation can cause you to enter a pleasant twilight sleep, which means you’re still awake and able to communicate with your treatment team but feel entirely comfortable.

Our team will closely monitor your status throughout the entire procedure to ensure the proper levels of medication.

After the Procedure

As the drugs wear off, you may have little to no memory of your dental procedure. It can take time for the effects to completely subside, which is why your dentist will instruct before treatment that you should have a trusted friend or family member drive you home if you receive any sedation other than nitrous oxide.

What to Do After Sedation

We’ve outlined a few tips to help you feel as normal as quickly — and safely — as possible after dental sedation.

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Give Yourself a Day Off

If you received nitrous oxide, you can resume normal activities once you leave our office. However, if you receive oral or IV sedatives, you’ll want to wait at least one full day before going back to work or school. Our team will provide more specific timelines depending on your dosage.

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Mind Your Activity Levels

As the medication wears off, you’ll want to take it easy, especially if you have extensive dental work done. It’s good to engage in some mild physical activity, such as walking, to get your blood pumping, but you’ll want to take a break from playing sports or heavy lifting for a day or so.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Call Our Practice

We’ll brief you on what to expect after your sedation and surgery, but if you run into side effects you need additional information about managing, we encourage you to get in contact with us. We’re here to help you feel as comfortable as possible — even after you leave our facility.

Cost of IV Sedation

Our dentistry offices in Logan and Garland, UT, charge $115 for every 15 minutes of IV sedation. To put this into perspective, an average wisdom teeth extraction is about 45 minutes long. Our fees are 20-25% less than surrounding offices, making our practice an affordable choice. Along with these lower fees, to make dental care affordable we offer:

Insurance

Our dentistry offices in Logan and Garland, UT, accept most insurances, which may cover the cost of IV sedation on appropriate procedures. Some insurances will not deem IV sedation necessary for certain procedures, leading to an out-of-pocket cost.

Financing

We offer both in-house financing and financing through CareCredit®. If you don't have insurance or if your insurance doesn't cover IV sedation for your procedure, both of these financing options can help make sedation affordable via monthly payment plans.  

Medicaid

Our offices in Logan and Garland, UT, also accept Medicaid. For Medicaid, we ask for 20% down at the time of the procedure, and monthly payments after. If the balance is paid every month, no service or collection fee is applied.

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2022

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The service was absolutely comfortable. I wasn't expecting the time to go so fast, but Dr Anderson and his staff were so kind, and very professional.

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Gab Watso

2022

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I got my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday. I don’t do needles very well, they make me nauseous. The doctor asked me if I wanted laughing gas to help with my nerves and it helped a whole bunch. All around a great experience

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Dr. Gregory E. Anderson PC

Gregory E. Anderson PC

Dr. Anderson is an oral and maxillofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose qualifications include:

  • Board certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Graduated magna cum laude from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry
  • Diplomate of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

He is dedicated to helping patients in Logan, Garland, and surrounding areas overcome facial pain, injuries, and other conditions to improve your quality of life. Learn more about the specialized treatment he can provide by contacting our office online or calling (435) 755-5000.

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