IV Sedation

IV sedation is sometimes referred to as “conscious sedation.” That’s because patients can respond to commands, but they are deeply relaxed and feel nearly no anxiety or pain at all during the procedure. Patients in the worst pain and most severe anxiety often benefit from this sedation method. It’s a safe and effective way to dull the sensations of dental procedures, and the patient won’t remember much about the treatment afterward.
Advantages of IV sedation
  • Safe and easy for the dentist to administer and monitor.
  • Patients often feel no pain during the procedure.
  • Subtle relaxation effects such as sleepiness and feeling light-headed are common with this form of sedation, but patients generally aren’t completely unconscious.
  • It can be used alongside other sedatives, such as nitrous oxide.
  • Allows for lengthy dental procedures that would otherwise require multiple visits to complete.

Is IV sedation safe?

IV sedation wears off after a few hours, so you’ll have to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the appointment. It’s safe for you to resume your normal activities as soon as the effects wear off. If you’re still unsure whether you might be a good candidate for conscious sedation, call our office to schedule a consultation with our dentist and discuss your options. We’ll work with you to determine if this is right for you.


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