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Intravenous (IV) sedation is an effective and safe treatment involving a sedative being given just before dental treatment. IV sedation is ideal if you suffer from dental anxiety, as it places you in a dream like state, ensuring you are relaxed before a dental treatment begins. You will remain conscious throughout, enabling you to retain the ability to understand and respond to questions from your Dentist. However, most patients report that they remember very little, if anything, of their treatment.
All dental treatments can be carried out under IV sedation. It is very predictable and can be tailored to suit your specific needs. It is also suitable for longer procedures such as complicated Crown and Bridge work or Implants. Before your sedation you will be contacted to discuss your medical history and to answer any questions you may have regarding the sedation.
After IV sedation it is normal to feel drowsy. Most patients will have fully recovered from the effect of the sedative after six to eight hours; however, it can take up to 24 hours to completely clear your system. You are advised to avoid driving or using machinery etc for 24 hours after your procedure.
Following treatment your reaction times will be slower than normal, whilst the sedation clears your system, and you may experience some temporary memory loss. You will therefore need to be escorted home by a responsible adult.
It is also advised that you do not make any important decisions or sign any important documents for 24 hours after IV sedation, to ensure you are fully conscious of your actions.