There are many more things you may want to find out, like the types of drugs used, preparation for sedation, or what to do after IV sedation.
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Our Austin Dentists Use IV Sedation
Intravenous Conscious Sedation, also known as IV sedation, refers to the administration of an anti-anxiety drug into the blood system of a patient during dental treatment. It is a type of sedation that offers more tranquility when undergoing a procedure.
What to Expect from IV Sedation
You will not be asleep. With IV sedation, the patient feels deeply relaxed but conscious, which means that you will still be able to understand and respond to requests from your doctor. You will, however, have partial or no memory of the procedure because of two things:
- First, IV sedation induces a deep relaxation so you don’t feel bothered by what’s going on
- The drugs used in the sedation formula produce either partial or complete amnesia for the duration of time when they kick in until they wear off. Consequently, time seems to pass extremely fast, and you have no recollection of what happened.
How is IV Sedation Administered?
The term “intravenous” implies that the drug is put into a vein. First, a very thin needle is inserted into a vein close to the skin surface in your arm or back of the hand. The needle is wrapped up in soft plastic tube. Once it enters the vein, it is then slid out so the soft plastic tube remains in place. The drugs are then administered through this tube.
Benefits of IV Sedation
- This type of sedation is usually recommended when you don’t want to be aware of the procedure, but still need to be responsive.
- You reach a deeper level of sedation than with inhalation or oral sedation, which makes you less likely to be disturbed by drilling noises.
- It acts very fast, plus the drug dosage and level of sedation can be adjusted to meet the patient’s needs. This makes it way better than oral sedation, whose effects can be unreliable. In other words, IV sedation is highly effective and reliable.
- The benzodiazepines produce amnesia for the procedure.
- Unlike deep sedation or general anesthesia, conscious IV sedation doesn’t introduce any compromises in regards to carrying out the actual procedures, since the patient can cooperate with instructions given, and there is no need for an airway tube.
- IV sedated patients seldom experience gag reflex – difficulties with gagging.