Intravenous Sedation in dentistry is the latest in modern dental techniques to help make what can be some quite scary procedures as pleasant as humanly possible. Taking the fear out of dental treatments, this sedation is suitable for most people HOWEVER if you aren’t in good health or are taking regular medication be sure to notify your dentist or surgeon so that the necessary precautions may be taken.
The procedure involves the administration of a sedative called ‘Hypnovel’ (a small amount!) that is quick to take affect. The injection is painless and is administrated into a vein in the arm. Following sedation the patient will fast become extremely relaxed and drowsy where the procedure will then be able to be carried out comfortably.
This sedative will NOT knock the patient out but rather put them into a state where they won’t feel or remember the procedure due to the amnesia (forgetfulness) produced by the sedative agent. This is important as the patient is then still able to follow instructions from the dentist and breathe on their own accord, they just won’t remember it! A local anaesthetic injection is still required, however it will not cause any discomfort due to the patient being unable to remember any of it.
After the procedure is completed the patient will then need to rest for a short while before being escorted home (so sort out a friend or family member to come in with you!). This is crucial as although the patient will feel alert and back to themselves, the sedative will still be present in their system for the next few hours.
Intravenous sedation is the most pleasant way for dental surgeries and procedures to be carried out so just follow these instructions, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Whether its a simple check up or a complicated procedure, here at West Harbour Dental we ultimately strive to help you feel as at ease as humanly possible.