Intravenous sedation
Intravenous sedation

IV sedation is when a sedative is injected directly into a vein. If you are nervous about having dental treatment or you are having a procedure which may cause discomfort, intravenous (IV) sedation is an effective and safe treatment.

This is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and how long it will take to complete.

Why do I need IV sedation?

It is an ideal way of helping you to relax if you are nervous about dental treatment or you are having a procedure which may cause discomfort or distress.

What are the benefits?

able to understand and respond to requests from the dentist. You will be unaware of the operation and this form of treatment is ideal for patients who wish to avoid the noise and vibration of the drill. You become drowsy and are not aware of having any treatment, but you are still able to co-operate with the dentist. The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. You won't be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time.

Are there any risks?

IV sedation is extremely safe when it is supervised by a specially trained dentist.
IV sedation has four main effects:

  • It will reduce your anxiety and make you feel relaxed.
  • It will make you feel sleepy.
  • It will make you unaware of the procedure.
  • It will result in partial – or total loss of memory of the procedure.

Are there any risks?

  • Local anaesthetic alone
  • General anaesthetic

Intra venous sedation is carried out by both Karim Nasser and Karim Verjee. We also benefit from the facility of a visiting Anaesthetist if required.

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