IV Conscious Sedation

IV Conscious Sedation is used to help patients feel more comfortable during periodontal surgery. During this procedure, a small tube, or catheter, is inserted into a vein in order to give sedative medication. The doctor is better able to control the level of sedation in this manner, as they can give as much or as little of a sedative to produce, and maintain a relaxed state.

What does IV sedation feel like?

Although some patients may report feeling as though they were “put to sleep”, the goal of this form of sedation is to maintain patient comfort with minimal risk. Once under sedation, patients are able to respond to verbal commands, and can breathe without the help of a ventilator. 

This form of sedation is a great way to relieve anxiety during surgery, and provide amnesia of the surgical event!

IV Sedation Dentistry: What to Expect

Pre-Sedation Instructions:

Place an ice pack on the outside of your face. Alternate with the ice pack on your face for 10 minutes on, 20 minutes off.
Do not eat or drink anything, other than indicated medicines with the smallest amount of water possible, for 6-8 hours prior to your anesthetic. You may, however, have a small amount of water or apple juice 4-6 hours prior to your appointment. You should have nothing to eat or drink after that time. Do not have a large meal or alcoholic beverages after 9:00 P.M. the evening before your appointment. You should take your normal medicines.
Do not wear contact lenses, cosmetics, especially fingernail polish or eye makeup.
Restroom facilities will be available before your appointment.
Wear old, loose fitting clothing with short sleeves.
(Women Only) If there is a significant chance that you are pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
You must bring with you a responsible adult who can drive you home. Both you and your companion must be present before surgery is started. He/she is to be available for you once surgery has ended.
You must not drive, operate hazardous machinery, make important decisions or work for approximately 24 hours after your sedation. Arrangements should be made to have someone help care for you at home.
These instructions are designed for your comfort and protection. A failure to follow any of these instructions may require us to cancel your appointment for that day. Should any other circumstance develop that would require the postponement of your surgery, such as an illness (cold or flu), please notify your periodontal surgeon as early as possible.
Have questions about IV conscious sedation?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! We’re dedicated to providing expert periodontal care for the people in and around our communities.

Our experienced periodontists use state-of-the-art technologies throughout all of our services, because your comfort is most important to us. Find out why Periodontal Health Center is one of the top periodontists in Tampa and New Port Richey when you schedule an appointment with us.