My dentist offered me IV sedation but I am still terrified – help?
18th August 2011
A. Hi Its wednesday evening , I hope that you manage to have the courage to go to the appointment you've made . You will find out exactly what treatment you need then . Iv sedation comes in two ways . The first is to have intravenous midazolam ( Hypnovel ) thats what many dentists who give it themselves do . Its good for procedures which last about 1-2 hours . You will be in an altered state of consciousness which is not fully unconscious , so that it remains safe . However in this state of sedation you will not be aware of what is happening , and will not remember when you are finished . The second type of IV sedation is given by dentists with advanced training or by an anesthetist . This uses a cocktail of drugs and the doses are matched to each patients needs to maintain a continuous state of sedation . The majority of patients find this very suitable , and are able to get their treatment done . If it turns out that you need an extraction then it might be possible for the dentist to refer you to a hospital for a full general anesthetic . During sedation you will be given local anesthetics to get the same level of good numbness that you would have if your fully conscious . Jenny