For patients who are undergoing longer treatments or oral surgery, it may be recommended that you opt for IV sedation for the duration of your treatment. This deeper form of sedation is administered through the patient’s arm, and invokes a deeper form of sedation. Here at the practice of Dr. Neil Stearns, we employ a board certified anesthesiologist named Dr. Gordon Barnes, to administer and oversee IV sedation during any treatment that requires it. Read along to learn more about IV sedation and Dr. Barnes’ experience.
IV sedation is a form of sedation that is administered through the arm. Because it’s a cocktail of different chemicals, a board-certified anesthesiologist must be on hand to monitor vital signs and control the administration. Here at Dr. Stearns’ practice, we have Dr. Glen Atlas on hand to assist us with these procedures.
After graduating from the University of Health Sciences, Antigua School of Medicine and New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Barnes went on to complete a dental residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, he completed an anesthesia residency at Brookdale Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Throughout the 90s and early 2000s, Dr. Gordon Barnes provided anesthesia care for a variety of medical and dental care. He began at the Paramount Ambulatory Anesthesia as a provider of anesthesia for pediatric dental patients, before moving on to Interfaith Medical Center, then the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where he provided anesthesia for pediatric and mentally challenged patients undergoing dental treatments. When he’s not delivering anesthesia for patients, Dr. Barnes also gives weekly lectures about anesthesia and sedation in the dental field. Dr. Barnes also maintains membership as a Diplomate in the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology.
What is IV Sedation?
IV sedation stands for intravenous sedation, and is administered through a vein in the arm. It’s best suited for patients who experience severe dental anxiety, or who are undergoing a lengthy treatment.
Why do I need an anesthesiologist?
While we are proud to offer IV sedation, it requires additional education to administer it safely and efficiently. To that degree, it’s required that a certified administrator be on hand instead of dental hygienist.
Will I be unconscious?
No, you will not be unconscious. The only method of sedation that renders patients unconscious is general anesthesia, typically administered in a hospital setting. For IV sedation, you will be awake and able to interact with the dentist, but you will have no memory of the treatment at all.
Can I transport myself?
No, you cannot transport yourself to and from our office. It takes a while for the sedation to wear off, so we request that you have a trusted friend or family member help take you to your appointment and pick you up. It’s not safe to get behind the wheel after undergoing IV sedation.
Are you due for a lengthy dental treatment or have dental anxiety and are searching for a solution? IV sedation may be the solution you’ve been searching for. Dr. Stearns joins Dr. Barnes, our anesthesiologist, to create an ideal treatment plan that includes IV sedation, so your smile can get what it needs to look great. If you reside in Englewood, NJ contact us for a consultation!