Dental sedation is a crucial part of some procedures that are intended for various purposes. Some of them are numbing the oral tissues to prevent pain and discomfort, easing the patients’ nerves and reducing their anxiety levels, putting the patient in a state of partial or deep sleep, etc. One of the most prominent types of sedation is IV or Intravenous sedation and is highly preferred in dental procedures.
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation is also known as oral conscious sedation. As the name suggests, it is administered directly into the patient’s vein and induces partial sleep. Under its influence, the patient would be less aware of their surroundings and have a very faint memory of what happened during the procedure. It is usually preferred for prolonged treatments or surgeries that tend to take slightly longer to be completed. The dentist would determine the right dosage of the sedative to be administered depending on the requirement and severity of the procedure.
Administering the sedative
The dentist will take you through the preparation phase before the surgery. Ideally, patients shouldn’t eat anything at least six to eight hours before commencing the treatment. Upon administering the sedative to the vein, it would start to take effect immediately, and you could feel dizzy. Its effect would last for a few hours, and you may feel dizzy for a couple more hours after the treatment. Hence, it is best to bring along a friend or family member to drive you home after the treatment. If required, the dentist may suggest medication to help you recover from the sedative.
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