What is the correct dose when receiving sedation?
22nd July 2011
A. Hello , Im sorry your experience was not as good as you hoped . the two puncture marks may have been due to the difficulty getting IV Access . If the drug was just a single one called midazolam , then it has to be given slowly and matched to how the patient is responding . There are some patients who are not sedated deeply enough with Midazolam only , or to get deep enough sedation would need a dangerous dose of the drug . Every person responds differently to sedative drugs , some being sedated with a very small dose , others as with yourself finding you still are too aware for your comfort . Dont be afaid of describing your experience because as you rightly say your future treatment choices may be affected by this , every dentist who gives sedation comes across this occasionally .. I have a very experienced dental anaesthetist for my patients , who gives a cocktail of two or three drugs Almost all people remember nothing about the procedure , even though still safely consciously sedated . However I have had the occasional person who even at that level has not been comfortable , and Ive referred to hospital for a full general anaesthetic . .