We are happy to introduce our new IV Sedation option for those patients feeling just a little nervous for their dental appointment. This is a great alternative for the BIG procedures that just seem a little too daunting on your own. We understand that it can be all a bit too much and just to help you get through your wisdom extractions, or implant dentures, we are now able to help you achieve a more relaxing and positive experience while we can take care of you.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
IV Sedation, or Intravenous Sedation is when the patient receives the sedative drug in a liquid form through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method is controlled and monitored by the Dentist to ensure the safest level of sedation.
Here’s how it works
IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what's going on. But you remain conscious during IV sedation as well as be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist. The gag reflex is hugely diminished which means that with the sedation you rarely experience difficulty with gagging.
A very fine needle is placed into a vein protruding close to the surface of the skin in either the arm or the back of your hand which is wrapped up with a soft plastic tube. After entry into the vein it is slid out leaving the soft plastic tube in place
The tube is then connected to another tube which is accusable for the sedative to be put through and stays in place throughout the procedure.
Throughout the procedure, your pulse and oxygen levels are measured using a "capnograph oximeter". This gadget clips onto a finger and measures pulse and oxygen saturation. It gives a useful early warning sign if you're getting slightly low on oxygen. Your blood pressure is constantly monitored every 15 minutes using an automatic blood pressure cuff.
This device is what separates us from most Dental Clinics because we are able to ensure complete safety and comfort so you can just relax and know you are in good hands.
Why it works so well
IV sedation is a good method of choice if you don't want to be aware of the procedure rather than the alternative oral sedation, which is using midazolam and is not as reliable or effective as IV sedation which is much more effective and reliable.
The maximum level of sedation which can be reached with IV is deeper than with oral or inhalation sedation which also means that there is no airway tube involved so you can breathe naturally, and on your own as if you were asleep.
Instructions for IV Sedation
- Please do not eat or drink anything 4 hour’s prior to your appointment.
- Make sure that you have someone to bring you in and take you home as well as look after you afterwards.
- If you are on any recreational drugs or antidepressant medication do not take it the morning or night before your appointment.
After IV Sedation:
- Have your escort take you home and rest for the remainder of the day.
- It is important to let your body recover even if you feel you are fine.
- Have an adult stay with you until you're fully alert.
- Don't perform any strenuous or hazardous activities and don't drive a motor vehicle for the rest of the day.
- Don't eat a heavy meal immediately. If you're hungry, eat something light, e.g. liquids and toast. If you experience nausea, lie down for a while or drink a glass of coke.
- Don't drink alcohol or take medications for the rest of the day unless you've contacted your dentist first.
- Take medications as directed by your dentist.
- If you have any unusual problems, call your dentist.
Contact us now if you wish to make a booking using IV Sedation.