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Some procedures in dentistry may require a deep level of sedation for anxious patients. When other methods of sedation aren’t quite enough, IV sedation is a good alternative. During IV sedation, an anti-anxiety drug is administered through the bloodstream while treatment is completed.

This allows the medication to be more efficient and to achieve a deeper level of relaxation. You will probably not remember much (or anything at all) about the procedure because of the short-term amnesia it creates.

As with oral sedation, complex procedures seem faster, and more treatment is usually completed in one appointment. You’re always properly monitored for your safety, and you do need someone to drive you home since there will be some lingering effects.

Due to the advanced monitoring required during IV sedation, we work closely with specialists trained and equipped to make this a safe experience. We are happy to discuss your sedation needs and customize a plan for you.

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When you undergo IV sedation, it will feel as if time speeds up. Once the procedure is over, your dentist will rouse you from the sedative state, and you’ll be amazed that it is over. It will feel like you were at the dentist for minutes even if you were there for hours.
The effects of IV sedation will last for at least 12 hours after the procedure. You might feel drowsy immediately after the procedure, so you must walk around with a chaperone. Full effects of IV sedation will wear off after 24 hours. You might need to steer clear of heavy machinery 24 hours after your treatment.
It is an ideal way of helping you to relax if you are nervous about dental treatment. What are the benefits? While under IV sedation, you will feel deeply relaxed but you will still be able to understand and respond to requests from the dentist.
Commonly used medication is Midazolam and Diazepam. Other IV meds are Meperidine (Demerol), Morphine, Butorphanol (Stadol), Nalbuphine (Nubari), Fetanyl (Sublimaze), Pentazocrine (Talwin), and Pentobarbital Sodium.


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