IV Sedation

As a certified IV sedation specialist, Dr. McMillan can make your next dental visit a truly dreamlike experience.
Man worried about his next dental appointment considering IV sedation

What is IV Sedation?

The solution to paralyzing dental fear.

IV sedation is general anesthesia administered to help you fall asleep during your dental appointment. With IV sedation, you receive a sedative drug through a vein, which allows the medication to work fast. This method enables Dr. McMillan to adjust the level of sedation regularly. You are on the brink of consciousness but can still be awakened by Dr. McMillan if he deems it necessary.

Patients considering IV sedation usually:

  • Want to complete multiple or lengthy procedures in one visit

  • Feel absolutely terrified of the dentist

  • Experience panic attacks anticipating an appointment

  • Become physically ill in the waiting room

What is your level of anxiety?

Why Patients Choose IV Sedation

A deep state of relaxation will make your procedure as comfortable as it is life changing!
Fast acting

Administering medication intravenously ensures you’ll feel the effects of the sedation quickly and to the proper degree.

Fall asleep completely

Dr. McMillan can adjust the levels of your medication so you feel completely unconscious and unaware of the sights and sounds around you.

Have no memories

You will be left with no memories of the treatment, only the dazzling results of a healthy, picture-perfect smile.

Dr. McMillan and his staff are amazing. I have been going to this office for 10+ years now, and for 10+ years, I look forward to visiting the dentist. They will do whatever it takes to make sure you are comfortable and feel at ease while you are there.

Joseph A., Actual Patient

Dr. McMillan is Certified to Administer IV Sedation

Dr. McMillan who is certified to administer IV sedation dentistry

Not all dentists are qualified to administer IV sedation to patients. Most outsource to an anesthesiologist clinic. However, Dr. McMillan completed a 60-hour course at the University of Birmingham that included actual field experience in managing 20 patient experiences.

How does this benefit you?

Being able to administer medication with an IV allows him to be more flexible in managing patient care during treatment. IV sedation allows for faster onset of sedation and the ability to instantly adjust to any and all circumstances that may arise during treatment.

Don’t let dental anxiety keep you away from the dentist.

How Do Real Patients Feel?
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Find out how Dr. McMillan helped Daniel overcome his dental anxiety!

Read Daniel's Testimonial:

“Well, my new wife’s father had work done here so she said, ‘It’s time to go to the dentist’, and I said, ‘Oh no it isn’t, I have post stress disorder from dentistry and I’m not going.’ But she got me up here and I got trust with Dr. Alex and from there on the train left the track and we just kept going till I got good teeth. I’ve never had any trust in a dentist before and Dr. McMillan gave me trust in dentistry again.”

The Top Questions About IV Sedation

Get quick answers from our Burke dentist.
  • Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

    Sedation is most suited for people with a genuine fear or anxiety that is otherwise preventing them from going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry may also be suitable for people who:

    • Have a low pain threshold
    • Cannot sit still
    • Have extremely sensitive teeth
    • Have a severe gag reflex
    • Need a substantial amount of dental work
  • Can any dentist perform IV sedation?

    Most dentists can offer minimal sedation including nitrous oxide or pills, and an increasing number of dentists can perform moderate levels of sedation. However, only a small portion of dentists who have completed the CODA program in deep sedation and general anesthesia are permitted to use these more sophisticated techniques.

    Each state’s dental board carefully regulates the use of sedation techniques. Many states require dentists to hold permits to perform sedation on any level. Dr. McMillan is licensed and certified for all forms including IV Sedation in Virginia.

  • Is IV sedation safe?

    There is always a risk when receiving anesthesia; however, when given by experienced and appropriately trained dentists, it is usually very safe. Certain people, such as those who are overweight or who have obstructive sleep apnea, should talk to their family doctor before undergoing sedation, as they are more likely to develop complications from the anesthesia.

    It is essential to ensure that your dentist is not only trained but also qualified to offer the type of sedation you will be receiving.

    Before the procedure, your dentist should review your entire medical history. They should also determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for sedation and get information about any medications you are currently using.

    You should ask what dosage of the sedative is suitable for your age, body-type, and health. You should also inquire whether it is within the dosage recommended by the FDA.

    It is critical to find out how much training the dentist has, and how many procedures he or she has performed using sedation. In this case, more is better.

    You should receive a form listing the risks of the procedure. Go over it carefully with your dentist. Ask questions if you are unclear on any of the phrasings.

    Your dentist should monitor your vital signs during the procedure following the American Dental Association’s existing guidelines. The dentist should also have oxygen, artificial ventilation, and drugs that can reverse the effects of sedation in case you need them.

Ready to Wake Up With a Healthy, Youthful Smile With IV Sedation?
Leave your worries at the door and the smile of your dreams will be a reality!
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  • Richmond

  • Alexandria

  • Washington DC

  • Fairfax

  • Chantilly

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