Dental Sedation -What to Expect

18 / 04 / 2016

Intravenous Conscious Sedation is when a drug is administered into the blood system during dental treatment. This is usually in the arm or back of hand.

During IV sedation there is normally 3 people present; the dentist, dental nurse and an observer.

During the treatment, your pulse and oxygen levels are monitored using a pulse oximeter which clips onto one of your fingers. The observer is there to monitor those levels whilst the dentist and dental nurse concentrate on your dental treatment.

You remain conscious during IV sedation. You will be able to understand, communicate and respond to requests  from your dentist. However you may not remember mush (or anything at all) about what went on because of two things:

IV Sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered about whats going on.
The type of drug we use for IV Sedation can produce either a partial or full memory loss from the time the drug is first administered, to when it wears off.
Most people dont remember anything of thier experience, so describe it as being “asleep” during the procedure.