Sedation is a crucial part of dentistry, which keeps patients from enduring pain and discomfort. In some instances, mild sedation is also used to ease the patients’ nerves and help them relax during dental procedures. While there are various types of sedation used in dentistry based on their applications, the middle ground of it could be considered as IV sedation.
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation or conscious sedation is administered directly into the patient’s vein. It doesn’t put the patient into a deep sleep but makes them less aware of their surroundings. The dentist determines an adequate dosage of sedation to be administered, and the drug usually takes effect in a very short span of time. In most cases of IV sedation, patients would not have the memory of the procedure. A well-trained dentist would administer the sedative in a controlled and precise way.
How is the sedative administered?
Patients are recommended not to eat anything at least eight hours before the procedure. The dentist would give you a more detailed understanding of this. Once the sedative is administered, you are likely to feel slightly dizzy. Hence, it is best if you bring along a family member or a friend to drive you back home. The dentist will give you medications, if required, to help you feel better and the effects of the sedative to wear off.
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