The Benefits of IV Sedation

IV sedation is revolutionizing dentistry for both patients and practices, providing a safe and effective way to alleviate anxiety and discomfort during dental procedures. 

Let’s explore the benefits of IV sedation under four key areas: 1) patient experience; 2) safety; 3) practice efficiency; 4) production & profitability.

Making The Patients COMFORTABLE

IV sedation can be a suitable option for various patients, particularly those who experience dental anxiety, fear, or phobia. 

It’s also beneficial to these other groups: 

  • Medically compromised 
  • Special needs
  • Bad gag reflex 
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • Afraid of needles or shots
  • Hates the sounds/smells of dentistry

The calming effects of IV sedation help alleviate these anxieties, providing a more comfortable and stress-free dental experience.

Patients often have no memory of the procedure. This “procedural amnesia” contributes to their overall positive experience.

Close-up of doctor putting an IV in to patient's arm

A Safe & More Effective Way To Practice

Although there are many apprehensions and even some misconceptions around the safe practice of IV sedation, we’re here to show that with the right training, instruction, and experience, IV sedation is one of the safest and most effective ways to practice dentistry. 

Here’s why…  

The onset of action of IV-administered drugs is rapid (approximately 20-25 seconds). And unlike PO, there’s not much individual variation. 

Because of the rapid onset of action, dosages may be tailored to the patient’s needs. This means that the guesswork with other routes of administration is eliminated. With titration, a suitable level of sedation can be achieved.  

The recovery period with IV drug administration will be shorter than with other routes of administration (PO/IM). Finally, the venous access remains patent throughout the procedure. If needed, this provides emergency access to deliver reversal meds.


IV fluid intravenous drop for sedation

Enhancing Treatment EFFICIENCY

IV sedation allows dentists to work in a controlled environment, free from patient stress or movement. This control enables dentists to perform multiple procedures in a single visit, reducing the need for multiple appointments and saving patients valuable time. 

Furthermore, this leads to higher-quality dentistry. A patient whose mouth is open and remains still is much easier and more enjoyable to work on than the typical dental patient who requires breaks, may have a bad gag reflex, or is constantly moving in the chair.

Surgeon and assistants during a dental operation.Anesthetized patient in the operating room. Installation of dental implants or tooth extraction in the clinic.

Increased Production & Profitability

According to Dr. Scott Sayre, who was featured on the DEO Growth Secrets podcast, “You can DOUBLE and TRIPLE your case average on every patient by doing sedation.” 

When you make the patient comfortable, it opens up a whole world of possibilities. 

Now, you can do the root canal, crown, five fillings, and two extractions in one appointment. So, how does this impact your daily production? 

You could go from the average dentist (with a daily production goal of $5,000) to easily hitting $10k to $15k per day. 

Moreover, IV sedation patients pre-pay. They aren’t worried about insurance. Rather, they have a mouthful of pain. They have an uncontrollable amount of fear. If you can alleviate those two problems, you will be able to create a dental life that’s fulfilling and profitable.

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