Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation, also called Conscious Sedation or “twilight sleep”, means giving you medications to make you relaxed and drowsy directly into your bloodstream. A small plastic catheter is introduced into a vein in your arm or hand, similar to having a blood test. You will be carefully monitored throughout the sedation. For your safety, there is some awareness and you will be able to follow commands, but you are in an “altered state” which is usually perceived as quite pleasant. Local anaesthesia is also used, thereby eliminating any discomfort for the surgery. Though most of the procedure is usually forgotten, you may remember portions of it. There is some variation among individuals.
You may not remember much about what went on because of two factors: firstly, in most people, IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on. Secondly, the drugs used for IV sedation can produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were “asleep” during the procedure.
I.V. sedation is a very popular option to significantly reduce anxiety, make the time pass quickly, and help forget most of the procedure, all at a very reasonable cost. All services we offer can be done very comfortably under I.V. sedation, and it is available in our sister dental offices at New Westminster Sedation Dental and Langley Sedation Dental.