Sedation Dentistry

Intravenous Sedation (“Twilight Sedation”)

Dr. Mike Murray offers our patients the option of Intravenous Sedation, also referred to as Dental Intravenous Anesthesia, or “Twilight Sedation,” for their dental treatment. Dr. Murray is licensed and certified in providing this service for our practice. If you would like to be sedated, PLEASE let us know when you make your appointment.  There is an additional charge for this service and we will be glad to quote that fee for you.

Intravenous Sedation helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures.  Intravenous sedation is designed to better enable you undergo your dental procedures.  It will enable you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment.  While undergoing your procedure, you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a “twilight sleep”.

If you choose the option of intravenous sedation your IV sedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by Dr. Murray, therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility.

How is the IV Sedation Administered?

A very tiny needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable.  Patients with  certain medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated for their safety.

The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. IV sedation is very safe! For your safety and required by the TN Board of Dentistry, your breathing, heart rate and pulse will be monitored throughout your procedure to insure your safety.

Sedation dentistry is a great option for the elderly, the disabled, or simply- the fearful!

Sedation Dentistry for the Elderly and Special Needs

 Dr. Murray is dedicated to treating elderly patients  and special needs patients with care and concern for their comfort and health. If you or someone in your family needs special attention, please call our office and discuss this with one of our patient care specialists.

Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful

Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist. PLEASE let us know that you are fearful of dental visits, when you make an appointment at our office and we will discuss IV Sedation as an option for you.