IV Sedation Dentistry

“Twilight Sedation”

Our office offers the option of Intravenous Sedation, also referred to as “Twilight Sedation”, with dental treatment. This is what sets our office apart from other dental practices; it is our niche.

Intravenous Sedation aids in comfort and reduced anxiety when undergoing dental procedures. “IV sedation” (twilight sedation) is designed to better enable you to undergo dental procedures while you are in a relaxed state. It enables you to tolerate as well as not remember dental procedures that may be very uncomfortable. It helps to alleviate anxiety. You may not always be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed – experiencing a “twilight sleep”.

If you choose to have intravenous sedation your IV sedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by Martin B. Sanders, DDS, NDBA, Leslie M. Sanders, DDS, or David H. Sanders, DDS, therefore eliminating the expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical 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 medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. Some patients may sleep throughout the appointment while others will slip in and out of sleep. Some patients with medical conditions or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.

The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed.  We like to use sedative medications that can be reversed. This helps make IV sedation very safe.

Along with IV sedation there are also different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia (aka “laughing gas”) and oral sedation or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation – we can tailor the anesthesia to your needs. All modalities are administered and monitored by Martin B. Sanders, DDS, NDBA, Leslie M. Sanders, DDS, and David H. Sanders, DDS in the safety and comfort of our office environment.

Sedation dentistry is a great option for the elderly, the disabled, 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 every part of our daily lives. To lead full and active lives, we need our teeth and gums. They allow us enjoy food, support speech and facilitate digestion. Sanders Family Dental is dedicated to treating elderly patients with care and commitment to comfort and health.

Elderly patients as a group tend to avoid dental visits for a variety of reasons, including: more pressing medical concerns, anxiety about treatment, the hardship of transportation or fixed incomes. Once their oral health has reached an unmanageable point, fear and embarrassment further keep these patients away from the dentist.

For elderly patients embarrassed or fearful of their current oral state, sedation dentistry provides the opportunity for Martin B. Sanders, DDS, NDBA, Leslie M. Sanders, DDS, and David H. Sanders, DDS to treat these conditions while the patient is relaxed and unaware until waking up to an improved oral state.

Sedation Dentistry for the Disabled

It may be especially difficult for people with disabilities to obtain access to proper dental care. They must find a dentist who is skilled and compassionate. At Sanders Family Dental, we provide the expertise, state-of-the-art equipment and dedication to assisting special needs patients necessary to ensuring great oral care for our patients.

Disabled patients may face added challenges in maintaining their oral health. Their disability may make it difficult to brush and floss regularly; they may also suffer from a severe gag reflex or dry mouth as a result of medication.  Drs. Martin B. Sanders, Leslie M. Sanders, and David H. Sanders meet these challenges with sedation dentistry for the disabled.  Sanders Family Dental is skilled in anesthesia for special needs patients, and can ease the fear associated with poor oral hygiene with one visit.

Sedation Dentistry for the patient with Neurological Disease

Sanders Family Dental has successfully treated patients with severe neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy and Huntington’s Disease.  These patients experience uncontrolled movements that make it very difficult for the average dental practitioner to treat their dental disease. As long as the patient is reasonably healthy, they can be treated on an outpatient basis in our office.

Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful

Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of patients. Unfavorable previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills and severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.

If you suffer from dental phobia, fear no more. At Sanders Family Dental we are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Our staff is trained to be very gentle and caring. IV sedation will also allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. While engaging in a pleasant sleep-like experience, Martin B. Sanders, DDS, NDBA, Leslie M. Sanders, DDS, and David H. Sanders, DDS will make sure you wake up with the results you desire.

Call Lombard Office Phone Number 630-620-0929 with any questions or to schedule a consultation with Sanders Family Dental.