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IV (intravenous) sedation is a type of sedation that is administered through a vein, usually in the arm or hand. It is a form of conscious sedation that is used to help patients relax during dental or medical procedures.
During IV sedation, a sedative medication is administered through a vein, which allows the medication to take effect quickly. The patient remains awake and can respond to verbal commands, but is in a relaxed and drowsy state. They may not remember much of the procedure and will have a feeling of well-being. The level of sedation can be adjusted as needed and the patient’s vital signs such as heart rate and blood pressure are continuously monitored.
IV sedation is typically used for patients who have dental phobia, a high level of anxiety, or for patients undergoing lengthy or complex procedures. It is also used for patients who have difficulty getting numb with local anesthesia or have a strong gag reflex.
It’s important to note that IV sedation is a medical procedure that should be administered only by a qualified and licensed healthcare professional. Our periodontists are both licensed by the BC College of Oral Health Professionals to provide IV sedation utilizing two classes of drugs, a distinction that requires rigorous training. The patient should have a responsible person to drive them home after the procedure since they may feel drowsy and will not be able to drive.
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