IV, an acronym for intravenous, refers to the specific route of administration, a vein, for the anti-anxiety medication used for this method of conscious sedation. Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedatives to reduce anxiety associated with dental treatment. IV sedation does not put patients completely to sleep as in sleep dentistry. IV sedation may cause you not to remember the treatment, smells, conversation or other activities during your treatment, but if someone were to speak to you, you would be alert enough to respond. Sedation dentistry is used in combination with a local anesthetic that eliminates pain. Together, these medications help you relax long enough for the dentist to complete his treatment. One advantage of sedation dentistry allows the dentist to do more work in one appointment than was possible without it. IV sedation dentistry is one of three types of conscious sedation used by dentists. The others, nitrous oxide and oral sedation may sound more familiar. Nitrous oxide has been used for many years and oral sedation has become the most common method of conscious sedation in use, today.
If you have hesitated to have dental work done due to fear or anxiety please contact Kevin Sands, D.D.S. for a consultation for dental sedation in Beverly Hills, California.