Conscious Intravenous Sedation
For patients with higher levels of dental anxiety who really find it difficult to cope with their dental treatment, we can provide care under conscious intravenous dental sedation or IV sedation. IV sedation is ideal for those patients who are nervous about having their treatment done and have perhaps avoided dental treatment in the past because of this. It is also a good treatment option for patients who have a strong gag reflex as it can suppress this reaction very well. IV sedation can also be selected if any minor surgery needs to be carried out like wisdom teeth removal or dental implant placement.
Many people confuse intravenous or IV sedation with general anaesthetic where you are put to sleep. In reality, you remain conscious during IV sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist. You may not remember much (or anything at all) about what went on after treatment because IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of disconnection to what is going on.
The drug, Midazolam which is used for IV sedation is usually administered in the back of the hand or arm via a narrow cannula. Sedation produces either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when it first starts to work until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you may not recall much of what happened. Many people remember nothing at all. A lot of dental sedation patients tend to drift in and out of sleep through the procedure as they are much, much more relaxed.
Here, on Osborne Road in Jesmond, we understand dental anxiety and appreciate that it can sometimes come between you and that smile you always wanted but were afraid to ask for! If you have any concerns or worries regarding your teeth or treatment no matter how little they may appear, please don’t let them get in the way of your dental care. We pride ourselves in being a caring practice and will be more than happy to discuss these with you.