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Corpus Christi, TX 78412

Dr Khoo is certified in conscious IV sedation. Conscious IV sedation helps patients with dental anxiety get the dental care they need in a safe and comfortable way. Benefits of conscious IV sedation over oral sedation:
i. The patient feels the effect of sedation much quicker
ii. The patient is kept comfortable for the entire time of the treatment
iii. Antibiotics, pain medications, and other medications can be given through IV.

Conscious IV sedation does not “knock you out”. You will be conscious, breathing on your own and able to follow verbal instructions. Sedation may cause you not to remember what happened at the dental appointment. However, the absence of memory varies from person to person.

For some dental visits, your dentist may use a sedative, which can induce moderate sedation. Sedatives can be administered before or during dental procedures. Sedation methods include inhalation (using nitrous oxide), oral (by taking a pill) and intravenous (by injection). More complex treatments may require drugs that can induce deep sedation, reducing consciousness in order to relieve both pain and anxiety.

Depending on the procedure, you may also need a pain reliever after treatment. Analgesics are used to relieve pain and can be broken into two groups: non-narcotic and narcotic. Non-narcotic are the most commonly used drugs for relief of toothache or pain following dental treatment. They include aspirin, acetaminophen and non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. Narcotic analgesics, such as opioids, act on the central nervous system to relieve pain. They are used for more severe pain.

Dentists use the pain and anxiety control techniques mentioned above to treat millions of patients safely every year. Even so, taking any medication involves a certain amount of risk. It is important to understand the risks and benefits involved in any dental treatment, so that you and your dentist can make the best decisions about the treatment that is right for you. Working together, you and your dentist can choose the appropriate steps to make your dental visit as safe and comfortable as possible, and to help you keep a healthy smile.

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