IV sedation

Another form of sedation used in dentistry is IV (intravenous) sedation. This is similar to both oral sedation and inhalation sedation in that the patient is awake during their treatment albeit drowsy and relaxed.

It is an option for anyone who has a fear of the dentist or is suffering from dental phobia. It works in two ways: it enables the patient to remain relaxed and free from anxiety during their treatment and also enables the dentist to carry out this treatment without any obstacles.

What sedation does is to relax the patient, thereby enabling the dentist to carry out a procedure, such as a direct white filling, without causing stress and anxiety for both parties concerned.

If you undergo this type of sedation then you will have an awareness of your surroundings and will understand any instructions given by your dentist, but you are unlikely to remember much about what has happened. 

What is IV sedation?

This sedation is administered intravenously: this means that a needle encased within a slim tube (known as a cannula) is inserted into a vein on the back of your hand. The needle is withdrawn which leaves the cannula in the back of your hand.

This is painless although it is not advisable for anyone with a needle phobia.

Effects of IV sedation

Expect to feel drowsy and relaxed. This form of sedation means that you will be awake and very relaxed throughout your treatment. But is tends to have a mild amnesiac effect so you will remember very little about your procedure.

This sedation is intense and at a deeper level than other forms of sedation. As a result of this do not drive home after your treatment and ask someone to stay with you for a day afterwards.

It is a safe form of sedation but the effects will take several hours to wear off. Do not go back to work on the same day and avoid any complicated tasks.

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