IV stands for intravenous, which means sedative medication is administered through the veins. Because of its rapid effects many patients prefer this relaxation option.
How does IV sedation work?
IV sedation medication is delivered through a very small needle placed in either the top of your hand or within your inner elbow.
What are the benefits of IV sedation?
Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable. IV sedation also eliminates your anxiety and pain. Although you may lie back in the dental chair with your eyes closed, you will not be asleep during your appointment and will still be able to respond to verbal cues from your dentist. Because you are completely relaxed, your dentist can accomplish more high-quality dentistry in less time. If you have a bad gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods, IV sedation will help you with that as well. You’ll be so relaxed that you”ll be unaware of the sights, smells, and sounds of the dental office. Patients remember little-to-nothing of their appointment by the next day.
IV sedation also gives your dentist optimum control of the amount of medication administered and allows the dentist to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably.
An additional benefit of IV sedation includes faster onset of the sedation medications, meaning you’ll be able to feel the effects of the medication quickly.