IV Sedation

Dental phobia and other forms of patient anxiety can make it difficult for dentists to perform dental treatments safely.

Thanks to intravenous (IV) sedation, our patients can achieve a relaxed state during dental visits.

Learn how dental sedation at our Glastonbury, CT, practice can help you...

How IV Sedation Works The Basics of the Process

Intravenous sedation is typically reserved for more extensive dental procedures, such as dental implants, All-on-4 dental implants and full mouth reconstruction. Here are the key advantages of this sleep dentistry method:

Intravenous Sedative Drugs

During treatment, a sedative drug is administered directly into a patient's bloodstream. This method is quite different from oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a pill, or nitrous oxide, in which the sedative is inhaled.

A Deeper Level of Relaxation

While nitrous oxide and oral sedatives are effective, intravenous sedation allows patients to reach a much deeper state of relaxation. This is why it is often the preferred method when performing more complicated or lengthy procedures.

Careful Patient Monitoring

Safety is our very first priority. Our practice employs certified dental anesthesiologists so patients are in expert hands during the procedure. They will administer the medication and monitor your vital signs throughout treatment. 

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Dr. Steven Balloch explains the value of this service and why he has chosen to incorporate it into his practice.

The Benefits of IV Sedation Why It's Popular with Patients

There are many benefits to intravenous sedation dentistry:

Less Fear during Treatment

It's estimated that up to 50 percent of Americans avoid visiting the dentist out of fear. Sedation dentistry techniques can help these people overcome their anxiety over dental work.

Comfortable, Relaxed Dental Care

The use of anesthesia allows patients to reach a state of deep relaxation while in the dentist's chair. This is not only helpful for anxious patients; it can also benefit those who have arthritis or other conditions that make sitting for long periods difficult.

Promotes Safety

When anxious or uncomfortable patients are relaxed, it's easier for dentists to safely perform their work.

Meet with Experienced Dentists Who Offer an Anxiety-free Experience

Dr. Balloch is one of the most highly sought-after cosmetic dentists not only in Glastonbury but from all over CT. He combines experience, skill, and a friendly approach to make sure each patient receives the highest quality treatment possible. Dr. Balloch's dental expertise and artistic eye can help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including: 

  • Hartford Magazine Top Dentist 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Connecticut Magazine Top Dentist 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Guide to Americas Top Dentists 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Hartford Advocates “Best Dentist” Award for 2006
  • Gold medal and three other awards in the 2006 Smile Gallery Competition, held at the annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry meeting in May 2006

Dr. Bidra is a Board Certified Prosthodontist (a dental specialist in implants, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry) and a sub-specialist in Maxillofacial Prosthetics.  He completed his dental and specialty training from India, Florida, Connecticut, and Texas.  Dr. Bidra is one of the few board certified prosthodontists in Connecticut and the only one in Glastonbury. He has extensive surgical experience with dental implants, having placed and restored thousands of implants and is responsible for your entire implant treatment. Dr. Bidra's patients originate from several states of the US, including Puerto Rico

Dr. Bidra is the recipient of numerous awards, including:

  • Distinguished Clinician Award by the American College of Prosthodontists
  • Connecticut Magazine Top Dentist
  • Hartford Magazine Top Dentist
  • Service Award as Chairman of the 50th year Scientific Session of the American College of Prosthodontists
  • United States Patent Award for Invention of a Device used in the popular All-on-4 Dental Implant Treatment
  • Numerous academic/scholarly awards from prosthodontic scientific organizations and scientific journals

To learn more about intravenous sedation and other options for stress-free dental care, schedule a consultation online. You can also reach us by phone at: (860) 659-8660

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Doctor Balloch is the best Dentist that we have ever had and, his staff is the most friendly and professional ever!! We have been going to Dr. Balloch's office for 15 years and have always received the utmost professional treatment and services.  Dr. Balloch is very particular and will not compromise on his quality standards!!!  If you need regular dental services or, extremely good cosmetic services, Dr. Balloch is the right dentist for you!!

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I have a dentist phobia. I almost cancelled my free consultation. I'm extremely glad I didn't. He made me feel very safe and almost completely comfortable. I'm still dealing with my phobia, but he has made it somewhat easier to try to deal with it.

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The IV Sedation Process

This breakdown provides an overview of what happens during your visit to our Glastonbury, CT, practice when you choose to incorporate this sedation method:

Assessing Candidacy

We will first determine if IV sedation is right for the patient's needs. We will consider the patient's age, medical history, and the type of procedure being performed.
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Before the sedative is administered, our dental anesthesiologist will locate a vein in the patient's arm. The site is cleaned and a needle is inserted.
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Administering the Sedative

The sedative medication is carefully administered, allowing the patient to drift into a deeply relaxed, semi-conscious state. The procedure can then proceed.
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Monitoring the Patient

Throughout treatment, the dental anesthesiologist monitors the condition of the patient. Adjustments can be made quickly to maintain both safety and comfort.
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What to Expect During Sedation An Overview of the Patient Experience

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Deep State of Relaxation

Intravenous sedation puts patients in a deeper state of relaxation than nitrous oxide or oral sedatives. At the end of the procedure, patients will have little memory of the procedure. This amnesiac effect makes it helpful for invasive treatments and phobic patients.

Patient Semi-consciousness

It is a common misconception that the sedative medication renders a patient unconscious. Patients are actually in a semi-conscious state. They can respond to their dentist and answer questions when needed during the course of their treatment.

Safety Precautions after Sedation Ensuring Patient Wellness

Receiving an intravenous sedative during a dental treatment requires taking special safety measures following your office visit:

Have a Designated Driver

The intravenous sedative will prevent you from safely operating a vehicle. Make sure a loved one is present during your visit to drive you to the practice and back home to recover.

Avoid Driving for 24 Hours

Even after you've arrived home and rested, you may still feel the effects of the sedative medication. Patients should avoid driving for at least 24 hours after having received intravenous sedation.

Contact Us About Concerns

If any issues or concerns arise any time after undergoing IV sedation, be sure to contact our Glastonbury, CT, practice as soon as possible. We care about your safety and wellness.

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With a combination of crowns and veneers, Dr. Balloch created a whiter, uniform color, resulting in a very natural looking smile. As for the sedation, it takes the five-to-six-hour visit and makes it feel like an hour nap. It is absolutely the way to go!

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Jolane Colonese


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Dr. Steven Balloch is simply the best. He and all the co-workers treat every patient as a VIP, greeting you by your first name, offering the TV remote, a blanket or warm moist towel, even a hot paraffin hand treatment if you like. What I am most thankful for is Dr. Balloch's painless (yes, painless) shots. He simply will not hurt a patient. He builds in extra time for each appointment so he can sit patiently and inject the novacain a little at a time without any jabbing or poking. Mercifully, you don't feel a thing. He also offers sleep dentistry which I've had twice for very long procedures and highly recommend.

I recently completed a major restoration involving 6 upper front crowns and a bridge.  Thank you, Dr. Balloch, for making one of my dreams come true by being the expert, the artist, and the caring person that you are. When I count my blessings, you are at the top of the list.

Dr. Steven M. Balloch and Dr. Avinash S. Bidra

Steven M. Balloch, DDS and Avinash S. Bidra BDS, MS, FACP

Dr. Steven M. Balloch and Dr. Avinash S. Bidra are award-winning nationally renowned dentists who have been providing world-class  advanced cosmetic and implant dentistry for many decades. They are members of various prestigious dental organizations, including:

  • American College of Prosthodontists
  • American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • American Board of Prosthodontics
  • American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Connecticut State Dental Association

To speak with Dr. Steven Balloch or Dr. Avinash Bidra about your dream smile, request a consultation online or call us a (860) 659-8660.

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