How Does IV Sedation Work At The Dentist?

Do you need to get a major dental procedure done at the dentist, and you're looking into different forms of sedation dentistry to help you get through it? IV sedation may be the best option for you. Here are some questions you'll likely have about IV sedation.

What Is It Like To Use IV Sedation?

One of the nice things about using IV sedation is that you will be completely relaxed and comfortable. You will be awake during the procedure and able to respond to questions that are asked of you by your dentist and able to carry out simple instructions as well. However, you won't remember much of the procedure when it is over with. Some people remember the procedure vaguely, while others do not remember a thing.

What Is The Purpose Of The Medications Used In the IV?

When you use IV sedation, know that the medications that are given to you are not only used to sedate you for the procedure and make you comfortable. You are also given medications that help prevent an infection from happening, as well as help limit swelling caused by the procedure itself. This should help you feel more comfortable after the procedure is finished. 

Does IV Sedation Replace The Need For Anesthesia?

The purpose of IV sedation is mainly to keep you comfortable during the dental procedure. Be aware that you will still have anesthesia used to make sure that the parts of your mouth being worked on are numb and that you do not feel anything. When you combine the anesthesia and deep relaxation you experience through IV sedation, it will make it possible to get through the dental procedure without experiencing pain or discomfort. 

How Long Will The Effects Of IV Sedation Last?

It is normal for the medicine used to sedate you to last in your system for several hours after the IV is removed. It is one of the downfalls of using IV sedation since you'll need someone to take you home afterward since you will not be in a good state of mind to drive a vehicle. The opposite is true of sedation dentistry methods such as nitrous oxide, which wears off immediately after the sedation is removed and you would feel well enough to drive.

Why Not Use Oral Sedation?

An alternative to using IV sedation is to take an oral medication prior to your arrival at the dentist. The problem with oral sedation is that you do not know how your body will react, and it may not be enough to get you through a procedure. IV sedation can be adjusted as you go, changing how much medication you receive to improve your comfort level if necessary.