Intravenous Sedation or IV is given to reduce pain at the dentist. The injection of sedative is administered to the patient prior to a painful procedure, such as tooth extraction. There patient experiences drowsiness and feels no pain during the treatment.
The process is a safe alternative to anesthetic, particularly for patients with certain medical conditions, heart disease, diabetes, and also for children. During IV sedation, the patient can breathe by themselves.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Taken an hour prior to your visit to the dentist, your dentist could prescribe you a sedative. If you experience a high level of anxiety with dentists, you may also be prescribed a sedative to take an hour before bed as well. Patients should not drive for at least 24 hours after their appointment.
Nitrous oxide, or ‘dental laughing gas’, is the most common method of sedation. It is simply inhaled by the patient. They will experience feelings of happiness, elation and sometimes a dizzy feeling. The process works quickly and leaves the system quickly too.
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