Intravenous Conscious Sedation
Intravenous conscious sedation utilizes intravenous agents to help relax a patient that is anxious. This technique is ideal for patients that have mild to moderate anxiety or fear of dental procedures. This technique is also recommended for adult patients who require a great deal of dental treatment and wish to have more treatment completed in fewer visits.
Advantages of IV Sedation
* In contrast to oral sedation, the onset of action with IV sedation is more rapid, and the drug dosage and level of sedation can be tailored to meet the individual's needs.
* The maximum level of sedation which can be reached is deeper than with oral sedation, but patients will still be conscious and able to cooperate with instructions.
* The medications used have an amnesic effect, giving the sensation of sleep and patients will have little to no memory of the dental procedure.
* For those patients who suffer from severe gagging, IV sedation can greatly diminish the gagging reflex.
* Monitoring devices will be attached to the patient throughout the procedure to monitor the effectiveness of their breathing (pulse oximeter), blood pressure and heart rate, increasing the safety of the procedure.
Before the procedure, you may be prescribed an oral sedative in order to make the IV sedation go more smoothly. As a result, you will need an escort to and from the appointment as the medications can have a lasting effect. All medications that are used are commonly prescribed and are very safe and effective.