For our extremely nervous patients we offer IV sedation to relax you through your treatment. Our highly trained staff will guide you through a dream like state which leaves you with little memory of the treatment. Adults can be offered intravenous sedation. All systems are monitored during use. Please ask your dentist or one of our sedation nurses for further information.
What is involved in Intravenous sedation or IV Sedation?
This is a drug given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and the length of time it will take to complete. Sedation is an ideal solution for those who suffer from dental phobia as it has amnesic effect and so the dental treatment you experience under sedation cannot increase your anxieties, they will either remain the same or ideally get less because you will have experienced successful dental treatment in a pain-free environment.
How will IV Sedation in the Surgery affect me?
You become drowsy and unaware of any treatment, but you are still able to cooperate fully with the dentist. The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. As will oral sedation, there will be some amnesic and sedative effect from these medicines, you will need to make sure you attend the appointment with an able escort as you will not be able to walk unaided, utilise public transport, drive, operate machinery, drink alcohol or return to work that day.