IV Sedation

Conscious sedation is a form of anxiety control which makes treatment more pleasant for the patient.

It is effective, predictable and very safe.

Our patients have chosen to have have dentistry performed under sedation for a number of reasons including:

  • Have had traumatic experiences in the past
  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Cannot open their mouth for extended periods
  • Have sensitive teeth (especially when being cleaned)
  • Hate the noises and/or smells associated with dental care
  • Dental phobia
  • Simply do not have the time for multiple visits

Please feel free to call us, and have a chat to one of our friendly staff members


What is Intravenous Sedation?

Intravenous Sedation in dentistry is a modern technique of sedation which takes the fear out of dentistry and makes dental treatment a very pleasant experience.

It is suitable for most patients, however, if you are not in good health or are taking any medicines or tablets, you should tell your dentist so that the sedation can be modified to suit your needs. Before the examination of your teeth you will be asked to fill in a medical history form. Please do this thoroughly and if you do not understand any question, discuss it with the dentist or one of his staff.

The technique involves the injection of small amounts of a sedative into a vein in the arm. This injection is painless and the sedative soon takes effect. The patient becomes very relaxed and very drowsy and the dental treatment can be carried out quite comfortably. Quite often the procedure can be carried out without a local anaesthetic in complete comfort. Because of the amnesia (forgetfulness) produced by these sedative agents it seems to the patient that he has been asleep for most of the treatment however, he has merely been sedated and has not been unconscious as is a patient under general anaesthesia.

On completion of the treatment the patient rests for a short while before being escorted home. While you will feel quite alert after treatment, the sedative agents are not completely eliminated from the body for some hours afterwards – hence the need for an escort home. No food or drink should be taken for some hours before the sedation treatment session. Your dentist will provide you with detailed pre- and post- operative instructions.

Intravenous sedation is a very pleasant way of enabling dental treatment to be carried out.

 

 


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