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Mar 28, 2024

Today on the Holistic Dentistry Show, Dr. Sanda speaks with Dr. Mark Torbiner, an anesthesiologist at Beverly Hills Dental, about IV sedation in dentistry, its many misconceptions, and what to expect.


IV sedation makes dental procedures considerably safer. A patient’s vitals are able to be monitored throughout and in some cases, sedation even flags health conditions that patients may not be aware they have, like high blood pressure. 


Dr. Torbiner shares how he prepares a patient for IV sedation, including the risks if a patient uses drugs. It's important to always be honest about your medical history! Many people think marijuana is an acceptable antidote to dental anxiety because it is legal, but that is very much not the case. 


To demystify the IV sedation process, and trust me, it’s really not that scary!, Dr. Torbiner walks us through step by step what a patient can expect day of. Finally, he leaves patients with a strong word of warning against Ozempic and the extra precautions that must be adhered to if the drug is in a patient’s system. 


Be sure to tune in next week for a follow-up episode with Dr. Torbiner about the most effective pain control after surgery and dental procedures! 


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Do you have a mouth- or body-related question for Dr. Sanda? Send her a message on Instagram! Remember, you’re not healthy until your mouth is healthy. So take care of it in the most natural way. 


Key Takeaways:

  • (1:49) IV sedation ensures patient safety

  • (5:25) Discontinue all drug use before and after IV sedation, including marijuana

  • (10:52) Oral sedatives compared to IV sedation

  • (16:02) Step-by-step process of IV sedation

  • (19:12) IV sedation specialized training requirements

  • (22:41) Common misconceptions of IV sedation debunked

  • (26:06) Ozempic users require extra precaution 

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