Huntersville Dental Anxiety

IV Sedation in Huntersville, NC

A Comfortable Solution for Dental Procedures

Are you among the many who dread visiting the dentist? Dental anxiety and fear are common, but there's a remarkable solution that can make your dental procedures comfortable and stress-free. At Lake Norman Dentistry, our Huntersville, NC dentist Dr. Scott Guice offers Intravenous (IV) sedation.IV Sedation is changing the way people experience dentistry, turning once-daunting visits into relaxed and enjoyable moments.

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What Is IV Sedation?

Intravenous (IV) sedation is a technique used by Dr. Guice to help patients relax during dental procedures. It involves the administration of a sedative drug directly into the bloodstream through an IV line. This induces a state of deep relaxation, making it easier for both the patient and the dentist to proceed with the treatment.

Benefits of IV Sedation

  • Reduced Anxiety and Fear: IV sedation is beneficial for patients who experience dental anxiety or phobia. It helps them feel more at ease and lessens the fear associated with dental visits.
  • Enhanced Comfort: Patients under IV sedation often report feeling very little, if any, discomfort during the procedure. This is especially valuable for longer or more complex treatments.
  • Improved Cooperation: For patients who struggle with staying still or cooperating during dental work, IV sedation can make the process smoother and more efficient.
  • Quicker Procedures: When a patient is relaxed, dentists can often work more efficiently, potentially reducing the time needed for a procedure.

Candidacy for IV Sedation

Dr. Guice recommends IV sedation for a wide range of patients, including those who:

  • Experience severe dental anxiety or phobia.
  • Require extensive or complex dental procedures.
  • Have a strong gag reflex that makes dental work difficult.
  • Have difficulty sitting still for extended periods.

However, it's important to note that not everyone is a candidate. Your Huntersville dentist will evaluate your medical history and assess your suitability for IV sedation.

Administering IV Sedation 

Before administering IV sedation, Dr. Guice will conduct a thorough examination and review your medical history to ensure it's safe for you. During the procedure:

Placement of IV Line

A small, thin needle is inserted into a vein, typically in your arm or hand.

Gradual Administration

The sedative drug is administered slowly through the IV line, allowing Dr. Guice to monitor your level of sedation.


Throughout the procedure, your vital signs will be closely monitored to ensure your safety.


After the procedure, the sedative will be discontinued, and you'll begin to wake up. You may feel a bit drowsy, so it's important to have someone accompany you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is IV sedation safe?

Yes, IV sedation is considered safe when administered by trained and experienced professionals. Your vital signs are closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure your well-being.

How long does it take to recover from IV sedation?

The effects of IV sedation wear off fairly quickly, but you may still feel drowsy for a few hours. It's recommended to have a responsible adult accompany you and assist with your transportation home.

Will I be completely unconscious?

No, with IV sedation, you will not be completely unconscious. Instead, IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation. Although you may feel extremely calm and drowsy, you will still remain conscious and able to respond to verbal commands from your dentist. This ensures that you are comfortable and at ease throughout the procedure while maintaining a level of awareness.

Can IV sedation be used for children?

Yes, IV sedation can be utilized for children, particularly in cases where they need to undergo extensive or complex dental procedures. However, it is crucial to consult with a dentist who is experienced in pediatric sedation. This ensures that the sedation is administered safely and effectively, taking into consideration the unique needs and sensitivities of young patients.

Experience Relaxing Dental Visits at Lake Norman Dentistry

IV sedation has transformed dental experiences for countless patients, offering a level of comfort and relaxation that was once hard to imagine. If you struggle with dental anxiety or need a lengthy procedure, contact your Huntersville, NC dentist by calling Lake Norman Dentistry at (704) 895-3858.

Definition of Dental Terminology
Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and cause erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
Dental Caries
Dental caries is also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
Dental Checkup
A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
Dental Filling
A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
Dental Prophylaxis
A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
Dental Sealants
Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
Tooth Enamel
Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.

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