5 Questions About IV Sedation At The Dentist

Do you need to have a dental procedure done and are considering using sedation dentistry? If so, you'll likely want to know more about it before you decide to use this frequently used form of sedation. Here are a few questions you'll want to know the answer to.

Does IV Sedation Help WIth Anxiety?

If your reason to use IV sedation is because of anxiety, know that it is going to significantly reduce your anxiety levels during the procedure. IV sedation is known as a form of twilight dentistry. You are not asleep, but not fully awake either. You're able to respond to the dentist if they have requests of you, such as opening or closing your jaw, but in general, you just won't care about the procedure as it is happening. This is great for people that have a phobia of going to the dentist since it helps them get through the procedure that they would normally not have done. 

What Procedures Can Be Used With IV Sedation?

A dentist is capable of using IV sedation for any dental procedure. People may have severe gag reflexes, special needs, or some other reason that requires sedation. It doesn't matter if you are having a cavity filled or need a dental implant placed in your mouth, since IV sedation is an option. 

Will You Remember The Procedure Afterward? 

It's possible that you'll remember the procedure after the IV sedation wears off, but it is also possible that you won't remember a thing. It really depends on how much you are sedated. The dentist can determine how much they want you to be sedated based on how you are responding to it, and increase the medication to make you more sedated if necessary. 

What Are The Side Effects Of IV Sedation?

Aside from the potential loss of memory about the procedure, some potential side effects of IV sedation include feeling drowsy or sluggish, having slow reflexes, and having a headache. Some people also feel nausea, but it is less common. 

Will You Be Able To Drive After The Procedure

Be aware that using IV sedation will not leave you in a state where you are able to drive a vehicle afterward. It is recommended that you have someone drive you to the dentist and drive you home so that you do not have to worry about your transportation. If you cannot find someone to drive you, then you would need to wait in the waiting room for your sedation to fully wear off where it is safe to drive again. 

For more information on IV sedation dentistry, contact a professional near you.