I.V. SEDATION... HOW DOES IT WORK?
I.V. sedation allows patients to remain relaxed and comfortable during their dental procedures.
Much like the experience of having a minor medical procedure administered in an outpatient hospital setting, I.V. sedation lets patients complete their dental treatment while staying unaware of the sights and sounds of the procedure.
After the procedure is completed (as the patient gradually becomes more & more alert), the local anesthetic applied during the procedure allows the process to remain as comfortable as possible.
WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
For most patients, the easiest way to understand I.V. sedation is to think in terms of other (perhaps more familiar) outpatient procedures — a colonoscopy, for instance.
If you’ve ever heard the term “twilight sleep” (though that is a much less specific, much more general term), that essentially points to the same type of experience that patients have during I.V. sedation procedures here at Advance Dentistry.
Just like with other outpatient procedures — colonoscopy, some LASIK surgeries, etc. — patients gradually become more & more conscious during the hours following their respective procedures. Patients will not, however, be fully alert directly afterward.
Most will have little to no memory of the procedure itself.
You will be unable to drive a car, operate machinery, or execute similar activities following your I.V. sedation procedure. It is therefore important to plan on having someone drive you home following your procedure.
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