Nervous Patients

After IV Sedation:

  1. Have your guardian / relative / friend take you home and rest for the remainder of the day.
  2. Have a guardian / relative / friend stay with you until you're fully alert.
  3. Do not perform any strenuous or hazardous activities and do not drive for the next 24 hours.
  4. Do not eat a heavy meal immediately. If you're hungry, eat something light.
  5. If you experience nausea, lie down for a while.
  6. Do not drink alcohol or take medications for the rest of the day unless you have contacted your dentist first.
  7. Take medications as directed by your dentist
  8. If you have any unusual problems, call your dentist.

IV (Intravenous) Sedation

IV Sedation is a great option for a patient who requires dental treatment and suffers from dental phobia. Do not worry pick up a phone and call us, please tell us that you are nervous and that you need special approach (nothing to be embarrassed of).We will do our best to make you feel at ease. We have prepared a few frequently asked questions and answers regarding IV Sedation.

What does it feel like? Will I be asleep?

A lot of dental clinics use terms such as "sleep dentistry" or "twilight sleep" when talking about IV sedation. This is confusing, because it suggests that IV sedation involves being put to sleep. In reality, you remain conscious during IV sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist. However, you may not remember much about what went on because of two factors:

  1. In most people, IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what's going on.
  2. The drugs used for IV sedation can produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when he drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were "asleep" during the procedure.

When a drug, usually of the anti-anxiety variety, is administered into the blood system during dental treatment, this is referred to as Intravenous Conscious Sedation (aka "IV sedation").These terms are more descriptive of deep sedation. Deep sedation isn't commonly used (in the UK at least), and is more closely related to general anaesthesia (even though sedation occurs on a continuum).

Is it still necessary to be numbed with local anaesthetic?
Will my dentist numb my gums before or after I'm sedated?

The drugs used for IV sedation will relax you and make you forget what happens, however you will still need to be numbed. If you have a fear of injections, you will not be numbed until the IV sedation has fully kicked in. If you have a phobia of needles, you will very probably be relaxed enough not to care by this stage. Your dentist will then wait until the local anaesthetic has taken effect (i.e. until you're numb) before starting on any procedure.

Is it safe?

IV sedation is EXTREMELY safe when carried out under the supervision of a specially-trained dentist. Purely statistically speaking, it's even safer than local anaesthetic on its own!
However, contraindications include pregnancy, known allergy to benzos, alcohol intoxication, CNS depression, and some instances of glaucoma. Cautions include psychosis, impaired lung or kidney or liver function, and advanced age. Heart disease is generally not a contraindication

Please do not hesitate to ask for more information, that is what we are here for.