Dentistry on Parkside are trained specialists in IV sedation, as a practice we are offering this service in Mid Canterbury. Intravenous Conscious Sedation (aka “IV sedation”) is when a drug, usually of the anti-anxiety variety, is administered into the blood system during dental treatment.
When patients are highly nervous and or have a severe gag reflex whereby they are unable to tolerate treatment then intravenous sedation is a carefree way to have dental treatment. All major surgery, extended reconstruction appointments and implant treatment is provided under I.V. sedation.
What does it feel like? Will I be asleep?
In reality, you remain conscious during conscious IV sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.
However, you may not remember much (or anything at all) about what went on because of two things:
- IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on.
- The drugs used for IV sedation produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much of what happened. Many people remember nothing at all. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were “asleep” during the procedure
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