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IV Sedation Dentistry: What Should You Expect?

IV sedation or Intravenous sedation is an increasingly popular method used by dentists to ease patients into a deep state of relaxation and unawareness. Like its name suggests, the process involves a sedative drug being injected into the vein through the use of an extremely fine needle and an indwelling catheter.

The needle will be inserted into a vein found in the arm or the back of a hand, and once the sedative takes effect, the dentist will proceed to numb the patient’s mouth with an anesthetic injection. Since the drugs administered for IV sedation are anti-anxiety drugs and not painkillers, local anesthesia is still necessary to dull the pain from the procedure. Continue reading


March 23, 2015 Posted by | General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Sedation Dentistry | , , | Leave a comment