What is IV Sedation?
IV sedation is ideal for patients undergoing surgical or otherwise complex procedures. During IV sedation, a small needle is placed into the arm to administer anesthetic. You can expect to fall into a sleep-like state in about 10 to 15 minutes after the IV has been placed. This allows you to relax during surgery and for us to do our best work possible without any interruptions.
Why would IV Sedation be needed?
The reason you might need IV sedation is because you’re undergoing a more complex procedure. Patients who are coming in to have wisdom teeth removed or who are having multiple implants placed can benefit from being asleep for the procedure. Sedation can help to relax you, so it’s ideal for patients who would otherwise suffer anxiety or panic attacks during their appointment. Sedation is safe and effective for most patients, so it’s a choice that you’ll benefit from when coming into the office.
Who is a candidate for IV Sedation?
Most of our patients are good candidates for IV sedation. Prior to administering sedation, we’ll go over your health and medical history. It is important that you have a friend or relative to bring you home from your appointment. This is because you will not be able to drive yourself home from the office after coming out of sedation.
What happens during IV Sedation?
IV sedation is a quick and relatively painless sedative option for our patients. Before your procedure begins, we will place a small needle into your arm. The sedative is then safely administered into your body. You can expect to fall into a sleep-like state in roughly 15 minutes after the needle has been placed. We then perform the procedure normally and monitor you while the sedation is being administered. Once the procedure is done, the IV is taken out and you’ll be taken to our recovery room to wake up. You will need a friend or relative to bring you home after having sedation administered in our office.
If you would like to learn more about IV sedation and how it works, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.