IV sedation (intravenous sedation) is a type of sedation used to relax patients during a dental procedure.
WHAT IS IV SEDATION?
IV sedation is typically necessary for oral surgeries and more complicated dental procedures. It involves placing a small IV into the arm and delivering a safe sedative into your system. You will slowly enter a sleep-like state, making the procedure more comfortable and easier for you. IV sedation is safe for most patients, and it’s often needed if you’ll be undergoing more invasive treatments.
WHY IS IV SEDATION NEEDED?
There are a few reasons for why IV sedation might be the best option for you. You might be undergoing oral surgery or an incredibly complicated procedure and would rather be asleep for it. Likewise, we might recommend this sedative if you are unable to sit still or relax for treatment. IV sedation can take the trouble out of sitting for treatment, and you’ll find it’s easier for both our staff and yourself.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR IV SEDATION?
Most patients coming into our office are good candidates for IV sedation. We will review all health and medical history prior to suggesting any type of sedative. If you are unable to undergo sedation, it is important that you tell us this during your appointment. IV sedation can be used on both children and adult patients who may need it.
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WHAT HAPPENS DURING IV SEDATION?
The process begins by sitting you comfortably in one of our operatories. We then place a small IV into your arm and deliver a safe, effective sedative into your system. Without about 15 minutes, you will begin to enter a sleep-like state. We then perform the procedure as needed. The IV is removed from your arm and you are taken to one of our recovery rooms. You are given enough time to wake up so that you can leave the office. It is important that you have a friend or relative there who can bring you home from the appointment when needed.
If you are interested in learning more about IV sedation, call our office today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to further assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions
IV sedation, also known as Intravenous Sedation, is a type of sedation therapy used in medical and dental procedures to induce relaxation and comfort for the patient. It is administered through an intravenous line, allowing for controlled and reversible drug–induced sedation that can be adjusted according to the patient‘s condition.
The effects of IV sedation typically last up to six hours.
Yes, IV sedation is a safe and effective form of sedation when administered by a qualified healthcare professional.
The most common side effects of IV sedation are drowsiness, confusion, slurred speech, and short–term memory loss. Additionally, patients may experience nausea, dizziness, headache, or low blood pressure.