What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation or intravenous sedation is a type of sedative that can help to put you to sleep during your appointment. It is often utilized for complex surgeries or patients with severe anxiety.  IV sedation is incredibly safe and monitored throughout the course of your procedure. An IV is placed in the arm while the sedative is administered.  The effect of IV sedation is similar to sleeping and will result in little to no memory of the procedure completed.

Why is IV Sedation needed?

IV sedation is helpful for patients who are undergoing complex procedures or surgeries. We may recommend IV sedation for patients who have severe anxiety or phobia of coming to the dentist.

Most patients are good candidates for IV sedation. The sedative is closely monitored and carefully administered throughout the course of treatment.  At our office a trained anesthesiologist will administer the sedative, while a dentist will perform the dental procedure.  During your consultation we will go over your health as well as medical history to ensure it is a safe option for you.

What happens during IV Sedation?

IV sedation begins by having you seated comfortably in our office. We then insert a small needle into the arm. This will allow us to administer the sedative directly into your body. You will begin to fall into a deeply relaxed and sleep-like state in about 10 to 15 minutes. Upon waking up, we will take you to one of our recovery rooms. You will need to have someone you trust bring you home from the appointment. You will be unable to drive yourself until all of the effects of the sedation have worn off, which could take several hours after treatment has finished.

If you would like to come into the office for IV sedation or want to learn more about this sedative option, call us today to speak with one of our staff members.