Intravenous Conscious Sedation (IV Sedation) is an option at Newtown Elite Dental that allows dental treatment to be performed while you are under the influence of a sedative drug administered into the blood stream. It induces a state of deep relaxation so although it will feel like you’re asleep, you will still remain conscious and you will also be able to understand and respond to instructions. You will feel no pain during the dental treatment and you won’t remember anything about the procedure when you “wake up”.
IV Sedation is extremely safe and effective when carried out by a trained specialist. If you elect to have IV Sedation for your treatment, it will be administered to you by our visiting Anaesthetist Dr. Kevin Lai.
IV sedation is an option that can be considered if you are nervous about having dental treatment or if you are having a procedure which may cause discomfort such as an extraction of wisdom teeth or implant surgery. It can also be an option if you have a severe gag reflex or if you are time-poor but need substantial dental treatment. Because you will be unaware of the operation, IV sedation is also ideal for patients who wish to avoid the noise and vibration that is common during routine dental cleans and restorations.
There will be a recovery period of 15-20 minutes before you are discharged into the care of your escort who will take you home so you can rest for the remainder of the day. The sedative effect of the drugs will gradually wear off during the course of the day. Most patients are well enough to return to their normal activities within 24 hours.
Contraindications for IV Sedation
While IV Sedation is safe, it might not be the right choice for you.
If you are pregnant, have a known allergy to benzodiazepines, are under the influence of alcohol, have CNS depression or have glaucoma, IV sedation may not be recommended.
To find out more about treatment under IV Sedation and whether this is a suitable sedation method for you, call Newtown Elite Dental 02 9519 6098 today!