About IV Sedation
Intravenous (IV) sedation, also known as "sleep dentistry," is provided by Allred Dental in San Marcos, CA to help patients who get anxiety from dental procedures or appointments. IV sedation does not put the patient fully to sleep, but instead uses anti-anxiety medication that is administered directly into the patient's veins to help them feel relaxed and calm during the procedure. The patient will experience relaxation and temporary memory loss, and Dr. Allred will adjust the medication as needed during treatment. Talk to our team at Allred Dental about using IV sedation for your dental procedure if you are experiencing fear or worries.
"I had such a wonderful experience at Allred dental. Dr. Allred and his staff are super friendly and attentive they made me feel totally relaxed which is pretty rare for being at a dentist office. I was actually a little nervous going in for my procedure because I was scared it was going to be painful. In the contrary I felt no pain and they were finished before I knew it. It was great!! I would highly recommend Allred dental to anyone needing dental services."- C.C. / Google / Aug 21, 2017
"Honestly you couldn't find a better dentist or dental office in North County. The staff is the most professional and kind group that you'll ever meet. Dr. Allred's talent, hard work, education and premium technology is unrivaled. We've trusted him with countless issues from maintenance, ortho, to surgical. Our family includes a reluctant husband, a frugal mother and 4 children ranging from teenagers to toddlers and we all are loyal and enjoy going to Dr. Allred's office equally. Together they make every experience, every dental need as pleasurable as possible. We can't say enough about, it's just something you'll have to experience for yourself!"- K.H. / Yelp / Jun 19, 2019
"I used to be so scared of the dentist until I started seeing Dr. Allred. Everyone is so caring and they legitimately care about you as a patient and a friend. They care so much, they take your blood pressure when you sit in the chair! Thanks to Dr. Allred and his staff, I found out that I had extremely high blood pressure which was causing daily migraines and other health problems! Who knew I would find that out at the dentist? They care, they understand you financial situations, and they do everything then can to make you feel at home. Thumbs up!"- S.S. / Facebook / Nov 16, 2018
"Very friendly office! It felt like they genuinely care about your teeth and overall health. It felt like a much deeper and better cleaning than some of my past experiences ."- N.S. / Facebook / Oct 05, 2018
"Very caring office. They really care about your oral health and how it affects your overall health. They are very informative. My teeth feel much cleaner than they have ever felt at some of my past dentists offices."- N.S. / Google / Oct 04, 2018
What to Expect
Before the patient’s appointment, Dr. Allred will go over sedation options and chose the best method. If IV sedation is used, a thin needle will be inserted into the patient’s vein for distribution throughout the body. The patient will begin to feel the sedation working within a few minutes, then Dr. Allred can begin the procedure. The IV levels will be monitored and adjusted by Dr. Allred throughout the procedure to ensure the patient remains sedated and safe. Once the procedure is finished, the IV will be removed and the patient will typically feel awake and alert again in a few minutes.
Patients should not drive for at least 24 hours after their IV sedation, so it is suggested that patients make arrangements in advance with a responsible adult who will take them home. Most patients sleep for the rest of the day after their IV sedation, but they should remain well hydrated with plenty of water. Some nausea and memory loss may experienced during the dental procedure, but this does not last long. Patients should contact our team at Allred Dental immediately if they have any abnormal or long-lasting side effects.
IV sedation is usually covered at least in part by dental insurance if it is used during certain procedures. Coverage is usually less or none if the IV sedation is chosen by the patient for dental fears and anxieties. The front office will contact each patient’s insurance company to get their maximum coverage and an estimate of out-of-pocket expenses. Patients are given many payment options at our office as well as help with medical financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Deep Relaxation at the Dentist
No matter what past experiences you’ve had at the dentist, Allred Dental can help you overcome your fears and anxieties during complex or routine dental procedures. Using safe and adjustable IV sedation, we can help patients avoid pain, discomfort, and worries during their visit to our office.