Intravenous (IV) sedation offers the highest level of sedation for a dental procedure, for a stress-free experience. It is a form of conscious sedation. IV sedation can be an excellent choice for anxious patients, or for longer procedures, because of the deep sedation that can be achieved safely and quickly. The sedative is administered intravenously via a needle. The anti-anxiety drug enters your bloodstream directly during your dental treatment, helping you to be completely relaxed. This experience is also known as a twilight sleep. You are not fully unconscious, but you are not very aware of your surroundings. You will have little or no memory of your dental procedure, and you may fall asleep fully.
Patients are monitored completely during dental procedures. Your dentist will monitor your vitals, including heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels. Your dosage is easily adjusted at any point. This sedation dentistry option is best for people with severe dental anxiety or those who are undergoing lengthy procedures. Many patients seeking dental treatment prefer this option to nitrous oxide or oral sedation. At Waterloo West Dentistry, we are happy to offer this for the comfort of our patients.