Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation is a method of anesthesia where anti-anxiety medications are injected directly into the bloodstream. This method produces a very deep sedation and can even achieve an amnesia-like effect.
IV sedation is recommended for patients that have a high level of anxiety regarding their trip to the dentist or oral surgeon. It allows the patient to relax and stay calm while the surgeons do their work.
Dr. Jepsen and I recommend IV sedation for apprehensive patients who don’t want to know what’s is going on around them during the procedure. In fact, some drugs produce amnesia-like effects. Patients don’t remember the surgery. IV sedation also allows doctors to customize drugs and dosage for individual patients.
Upon arrival for your appointment, our staff will lead you to the treatment area. There, you’ll be given blankets and made comfortable. Our staff will keep an eye on you, periodically checking your vital signs. When Dr. Jepsen or I start your medication, a feeling of complete peace will immediately settle upon you. Our staff will continue to monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen level.
It’s important that you don’t drink or eat anything for at least 8 hours before sedation. You’ll need to find a responsible adult to drive you to and from your appointment. Don’t try to drive yourself home or disaster may happen. Also, don’t operate heavy machinery or drive for 24 hours after your sedation.
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