Many people suffer from dental phobias and have anxiety about dental procedures. Since the 1840s, dentists have used sedation and general anesthesia to greatly reduce, and even eliminate, these anxieties during dental treatments. Dentists frequently use a combination of sedation to relieve fear and local anesthetic to numb pain prior to performing a dental procedure. An extremely common and safe form of sedation is IV (Intravenous Conscious) Sedation. Following is a list of common questions and answers prepared by the staff of Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield, Connecticut concerning the use of IV dental sedation.

What is IV Sedation?

IV Sedation involves administering medication (anti-anxiety drugs) into the blood system during a dental treatment. These drugs create a state of sedation for patients, enabling them to relax during the dental treatment.

What will I feel during IV Sedation?

During IV sedation, the patient remains totally conscious. Patients are able to understand and respond to requests from the dentist. The patient enters a state of profound relaxation, alleviating any anxiety.

What are the side-effects of IV Sedation?

The medications used for IV sedation can cause partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the duration of the time when the drug first takes effect until it wears off. While patients are fully conscious during IV sedation, they usually feel a bit groggy after the procedure and may not remember the procedure taking place.

Is IV Sedation Safe?

When under the close supervision of a trained dentist, IV sedation is an extremely safe method of sedation. Throughout the medication process, the patient’s pulse and oxygen levels are monitored. There are circumstances when IV sedation is not recommended, such as when a woman is pregnant. After reviewing the patient’s medical and dental history, including any allergies to medications, the dentist will be able to evaluate if there are any risks involved for a particular patient.

How is IV Sedation administered?

IV sedation involves administering anti-anxiety drugs into the vein of the arm or back of the hand. A very thin needle, wrapped within a soft plastic tube, is first inserted into the vein. The needle is then slid out and the tube remains. Medication enters into the blood system via this tube which remains in place during the treatment.

How can I determine if I am a candidate for IV sedation?

Your dentist will need to know your health status and be informed of any illnesses or health conditions. It is important to tell the dentist about any medications (prescription or non-prescription) that you are taking, and whether you have any allergies to any medications. This, along with a thorough oral examination, will help the dentist determine whether or not IV dental sedation is an appropriate option for you.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about IV sedation, please feel free to contact us at: 818.287.4140  or by email at: Providing you with the best dental care and an atmosphere of tranquility is our top priority.