IV Conscious Sedation

Patients that experience high anxiety, have low pain tolerance, a fear of needles, feelings of claustrophobia, or a very sensitive gag reflex may benefit from conscious sedation. IV sedation may also be recommended for complex and lengthy procedures such as multiple implant placements.

IV Conscious Sedation

Intravenous (IV) conscious sedation delivers an anti-anxiety medication into the bloodstream during the dental procedure. Pain medication may also be delivered intravenously during the procedure to minimize pain. Since it is delivered through the bloodstream, the effects are immediate. It helps you feel relaxed during treatment while the entire time you will still be awake and be responsive to prompts. You will be able to swallow, respond to questions, and move on your own. However, you may not remember the details of the procedure once the sedative wears off. Unlike general anesthesia, there are fewer side effects and discomfort following the IV sedation.

At the dental appointment with IV sedation, the dentist will insert a thin needle into a vein. This intravenous catheter is connected to a tube that will administer the sedative drugs into your bloodstream. During the IV sedation procedure, the dentist will monitor your pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen levels to ensure that your vitals are in the safe zone. Local anesthetics are still needed to numb your teeth and gums, but it will be done once you are feeling comfortable from the sedation. Due to the grogginess you may feel at the end of the appointment, it is necessary that you arrange for a trusted family member or friend to drive you home. It is also recommended that you rest at home for the rest of the day while the medication fully wears off.

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