Intravenous Conscious Sedation (also known as “twilight sedation”) is a very useful technique that can make treatment a more comfortable and relaxed experience. The length of the IV sedation is usually limited by natural factors, such as a patient’s need to go to the toilet and the maximum allowable dose of local anaesthetic. If dental treatment is expected to go longer than 2 hours, it is best to break the treatment into shorter appointments and/or warn the patient that the treatment plan may not be completed in the one session under the IV sedation.
This form of Sedation is particularly useful for: - Dental phobic patients - Patients who have a particularly strong gag reflex - Patients who require a relatively lengthy or more unpleasant procedure, such as wisdom teeth removal or implant placement - Patients who require a less expensive option than general anaesthesia
However, this option of sedation is not suitable for all patients. During your appointment your Dentist will be able to discuss the requirements to let you know if intravenous sedation is right for you.