Intravenous sedation, also referred to as IV sedation, is a form of sedation where sedative medication is administered through the blood stream.
Intravenous sedation is often used in dentistry to help control fear or anxiety during a dental procedure. Unlike general anaesthesia, patients under intravenous sedation are able to breathe without assistance.
How will I feel while under intravenous sedation?
You will feel very relaxed, and calm. A feeling of contentment or general wellbeing is typical.
Will I be asleep during intravenous sedation?
No. Unlike general anaesthesia, patients remain conscious while under intravenous sedation. You will be aware of what is happening, understand anything that is said to you, and even communicate while sedated, but you will remain very relaxed. After the treatment, you may remember little if anything of the time you were sedated.
Is intravenous sedation right for me?
Intravenous sedation is a very effective method of controlling dental fear or anxiety and also helps to calm a severe gag reflex. Most people can be treated with only a few exceptions. Our friendly team at Park Lawn Dental will be glad to discuss any concerns you may have and help you to decide if intravenous sedation is right for you.
Will I need someone to accompany me?
Yes. Some of the effects of the sedation will still be felt, even after the IV has been removed. You will need someone to help keep you steady while walking and to drive you home. Once home, an adult should be available to help you, as it may take several hours until the effects of the sedation are no longer apparent.