A doctor administering IV sedation

IV Sedation

According to the American Dental Association, 22 percent of adults avoid the dentist due to anxiety.

Putting off necessary dental procedures can have a significant negative impact on your overall oral health.

At Dr. Danny O'Keefe's practice in Flowood, MS, we offer IV sedation to help patients stay comfortable during treatment.

Benefits of IV Sedation

Takes Effect Quickly

Oral sedatives often take an hour or longer to take effect. Intravenous, or IV, sedation begins to work almost immediately, which is beneficial for patients with extreme dental anxiety. Deep relaxation is quickly achieved with intravenous drugs.

Total Control

When oral medication is administered, there is less control over the effect it has on the patient or how long it lasts. With IV sedation, the doctor can constantly control the level of sedation. If the medication begins to wear off, more can be administered, with sedative effects setting in quickly.

Better Oral Health

The most important advantage of sedation dentistry is that it allows patients to undergo procedures that are critical to maintaining long-term oral health. Additionally, more treatment can be completed during one appointment. This reduces the number of necessary dental visits.

Safer than General Anesthesia

Unlike general anesthesia in a hospital setting, IV sedation keeps the patient semi-conscious. As a result, any discomfort or concerns can be relayed to our dentistry team right away.

What Is IV Sedation?

IV sedation involves administering a sedative medication via the bloodstream. Sometimes referred to as "twilight sleep", this type of anesthesia does not actually put you to sleep or render you unconscious.

This option helps induce relaxation so individuals can stay comfortable during their dental appointment or treatment.

Unlike general anesthesia, this type of sedation dentistry allows patients to communicate with our dentists. However, once the appointment is over, most individuals do not recall most of the procedure.

A patient undergoing IV sedation

How Does IV Sedation Work?

Placement of the IV

At the beginning of your appointment, your doctor places an IV in a vein, typically in your arm or hand.

Medication Delivery

The connected tubing delivers medication directly into the bloodstream. Sedative effects take effect in just minutes.


During your procedure or surgery, your oxygen levels and heart rate are monitored constantly to identify any negative reactions to the anesthesia.

Getting Home Safely

Because intravenous sedation affects your cognitive ability and motor function, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home following your procedure.

Types of Dental Sedation

Other Sedation Options

Individuals at our Flowood, MS practice can explore sedation for all types of dental procedures. In addition to IV sedation, we also offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.

Which Is Best for Me?

The option that is right for you depends on your unique dental needs. Many patients find that nitrous oxide is sufficient for cleanings, but opt for IV sedation during dental implant surgery.

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The staff was very polite and did an awesome job of helping me understand what was needed and talked me thru all the procedures , setting up appts with oral surgeons and helping me remain calm , I was very pleased with my service there!!!

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Dr. Danny O'Keefe

Family Dental Care

At Family Dental Care in Flowood, MS, Dr. Danny O'Keefe and his experienced team provide patients from throughout the greater Jackson area with superior general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. Our office is equipped with modern dental technology and we offer complete sedation services to enhance patient comfort. Dr. O'Keefe is affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Mississippi Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

To schedule an appointment, please fill out our online form or call (601) 936-2526.

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"This office has the most professional dentists and dental staff. They treat you like family every time you're there. I've been a patient for over 15 years and I don't plan on leaving anytime soon." Rita O., Current Patient

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