What Is Intravenous Sedation Dentistry And How Does It Work?

What Is Intravenous Sedation Dentistry And How Does It Work?

Intravenous Sedation Dentistry is known by several other phrases:

  • IV sedation dentistry
  • Sleep dentistry
  • Twilight dentistry

At Corinna Dental, we simply call it “Intravenous Sedation’. This reflects the fact that we put drugs into a patient through a vein in order for them to achieve a state of relaxation, which then makes the delivery of their dental care more straightforward and pleasant.

‘Sleep Dentistry’ is a term that sounds great, but it really is a misnomer- people don’t necessarily fall asleep during Intravenous Sedation. The drugs we use make the patient not know about, care about or remember their treatment appointment. While it’s not really like a general anaestheitc, patients often feel like they have had one, because they just can’t remember anything.

During the appointment, patients having Intravenous Sedation are conscious and they’re able to speak and answer our questions. But when they do speak, it’s very slurred and very slow.

Patients are able to protect their own airway, unlike during a general anaesthetic, when they rely on a machine to keep them breathing. They are even able to let the dentist know if there is any discomfort during the whole procedure.

The big advantage is that patients won’t remember anything about their Intravenous Dentistry appointment, and so their fear and anxiety around dental treatment can be greatly reduced.

Listen to Dr Chris Hardwicke as he explains more about Intravenous Sedation at Corinna Dental or call our practice (any of our three locations) to arrange a consultation appointment.