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What is IV sedation

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
What is IV sedationIntravenous (IV) sedation is a type of anesthetic administered by a tube inserted into a vein. It calms you and prevents you from feeling pain. It is typically used for simple medical procedures that do require less general anesthesia. Depending To provide IV sedation, a very tiny needle is placed into a vein near the skin's surface, commonly in the arm or the back of the hand. Medications enter the body through a tube linked to the needle, which remains in the vein during the process.

How IV sedation is done

Even after the patient is sedated, a local anesthetic injection in the gum will numb the area being treated. Depending on the dental procedure, the amount of anesthetic used can range from a small amount, just enough to make the patient sleepy, to a large amount, enough to assure the patient is less conscious of being treated at all during the entire procedure. Your breathing, pulse, and oxygen levels will be constantly monitored throughout the process. Your blood pressure will be measured both before and after the surgery. For many people, the sedative acts as temporary amnesia, so you may forget the majority of your visit.

Significance of IV sedation

With IV sedation, you should anticipate having limited awareness of your surroundings and little to no memory of your surgery. This is a frequent type of sedation for people with severe dental fear. There is a certain amount of sedative/anesthesia delivered. Patients can recover from anesthesia swiftly and comfortably. Sedation will help you cope with your dental treatment by reducing your anxiety, making you oblivious that you are being treated, and keeping you comfortable throughout. Even patients who are less afraid of dental treatments prefer sedation to help them get through longer or more difficult procedures, such as tooth extractions, in a safe and risk-free manner.

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