IV Sedation with Dr. Carol Patel

Dental anxiety and fear of dentists may prevent patients from receiving the care they need. Most procedures require a patient to be calm and relaxed to ensure the treatment goes smoothly. When local anesthesia isn’t enough, intravenous (IV) sedation can be effective in keeping patients calm yet responsive.


An anesthetic drug is injected into the veins to achieve the sedation. Many dentists prefer this method due to the benefits it offers including:

  • Quick Administration: Some sedation methods must be taken hours before a procedure, but IV sedation works within minutes.
  • Better Control and Continuous Monitoring: The amount of sedative can be increased or decreased depending on the patient’s specific needs.
  • Consciousness: Patients remain in state of relaxation as some dental procedures unlike general anesthesia.
  • Reduces Gag Reflex: Patients who may have a strong gag reflex won’t have any trouble with IV sedation. They’ll feel no pain or sensitivity during their procedure.

Is IV Sedation Right for me?

Not everyone is a candidate for IV sedation. We will first complete a detailed clinical exam and review your medical history before deciding if IV sedition is right for you.

After Completion of IV Sedation:

It typically takes about 24 hours for the effects of IV sedation to subside. You may experience some drowsiness, headaches, nausea, and dry mouth during this time.

Before the procedure, you should arrange for a ride home, as it won’t be safe for you to operate a vehicle. It will be important to stay hydrated, rested, and avoid any activities that could harm you or another person.