We would like to inform patients that the term commonly used for IV sedation, “sleep dentistry,” is misleading and uninformative. Furthermore, it is important to understand that when receiving IV sedation in New York, New York, you are fully conscious since this is not a deep sedation. In fact, you are able to comprehend and respond to the inquiries of our team. Deep sedation is more formally classified as general anesthesia, and that is performed solely in a designated medical facility, such as a hospital. There are two important factors about intravenous sedation we want our patients to know:

1. Patients experiencing IV sedation enter a state of deep relaxation which induces a feeling of carelessness as to what is going on or being done.
2. The drugs in IV sedation that have been approved can potentially cause full or partial memory loss, also known as amnesia, from the time it is administered to whenever it wears off. Time will appear to pass very quickly and patients often cannot recall much of what happened, if anything. Therefore, you may seem to have been “asleep” during your procedure.

Our dentist, Dr. Tarlo, is trained to administer IV sedation in the arm or back of the hand, and to many, it only feels like a small pinch. Our goal at Park Avenue Oral Surgery is to ensure our patients feel comfortable and attended to during their time with us. Please call 212-644-7009 for more details on IV sedation, and our team will gladly answer your questions.

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