Dentality @ Hoddesdon - Intravenous Sedations
- General Dentistry
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Implant Dentistry
- Orthodontics and Braces
- Hygiene Therapy
- Nervous Patients
Intravenous sedation involves administering a sedative drug into the blood stream via a cannula in a vein in your arm or the back of your hand. The cannula is left in place for the duration of your visit and removed at the end of your treatment session.
Throughout the procedure a clip on device will also be placed on your finger so we can monitor your pulse rate and oxygen levels. We will also measure your blood pressure before and after the procedure.
You will remain awake enough during the treatment and so you will be able to respond to your dentists however you generally won’t remember much of the treatment as intravenous sedation will give rise a deep state of relaxation and the sedating drugs will help with loss of memory of the procedure. The most common drug we use is called Midazolam which is also an anti-anxiety drug. The dentists will start off by giving you a small amount which can be increased as and when necessary in a safe and effective way.
Following your treatment the cannula will be removed and you will be monitored until the dentist feels it is safe for you to leave. You will need someone to accompany you to get home as you will not be safe to drive after the sedation session.
IV sedation is safe when carried out under the supervision of a specially-trained dentist and accompanying nurse. Most patients are suitable for it however there are a few conditions that may mean it is not suitable for you. Please ask your dentist to discuss your suitability for intravenous sedation. If you are nervous about seeing the dentist, give us a call and ask one of our sedation qualified dentists to discuss this with you in more detail.