For nervous and phobic patients Clarendon Dental Spa is proud to offer IV sedation administered by experienced, skilled, trained and qualified dentists.
This is different from general sedation that you experience when going for a medical surgery. Dental IV sedation used in the UK does not usually put you to sleep and instead you will be conscious throughout your treatment appointment and you will be able to respond to the dentist's instructions. IV sedation puts you in a state of deep sedation and feeling of not being bothered by whatever is happening.
A side effect of IV sedation is memory loss of the time from when the drugs kick in and until they wear off due to the deep relaxation state induced and you will have no sense of time and the whole procedure will feel instant when the effect of the drugs wear off.
The drugs administered IV are anti-anxiety drugs not usually painkillers and therefore, your gum may still need to be numbed for the dentist to perform the procedures. If you are phobic to needles it will probably not matter to you at all after IV sedation as you will have been already sedated. Once the local anaesthetic has taken effect the dentist will perform the procedure(s) and you are not very likely to remember much about them when everything is done.
Intravenous means that the drug(s) are given directly to your veins and that will be done through a tube and a needle in your arm. The drugs used in IV sedation may include, benzodiazepines (anti-enxiety, propofol (also known as amnesia milk), opioids (pain killers) and/or barbiturates.
Who cannot have IV sedation done?
Usually IV sedation is extremely safe, and looking at the statistics its safer than local anaesthetics, However, some conditions, diseases and drugs may contradict the use of IV sedation and these include and are not limited to:
- Central nervous system depression which maybe cause by some depression, anxiety and psychosis drugs.
- Allergies to the ingredients in the IV sedation mix.
- Sleep apnea, loss of ability breath whilst sleeping which can be undiagnosed and sometimes manifest in the form of snoring.
- Alcohol intoxication.
- Problems with kidney and/or liver functions.
- The previous use of benzodiazepines also needs to be reported to your dentist as that may have increased your tolerance. Benzodiazepines is a class of drugs that include diazepam (valium).
- Make sure you inform your dentist of any medical problems that you have at the time of the treatment and any serious problems that you ever had.
Advantages of IV sedation
- IV sedation is reliable if you do not wish to know anything about the treatment you had because, as mentioned before, you are not likely to remember much about the treatment.
- The action is very rapid as the drugs do not need time to be digested and absorbed because they are instantly in your blood stream doing their job.
- The gag reflex is either dramatically reduced or even diminished making the dentist's job easier and causing less inconvenience to you.
- Because it is unlike general anaesthesia, in the sense that patients are conscious, there is no need for a breathing tube during the procedure.
Disadvantages of IV sedation
- Probably the main disadvantage of this method is the fact that you will not unlearn your fear from the dentist because you will not remember the procedure.
- Rarely, in the site of the needle insertion in your arm you may develop hematoma, a localised swelling cause by blood. This is not serious and subsides in a few days.
- Full recovery from drugs is not usually achieved at the dentist's office and you may still need to be escorted by an adult. You will not be able to drive after the procedure until you have fully recovered.
After the procedure
• You should go home for the rest of the day and relax.
• Make sure that a responsible escort is welling to stay with you until you are fully alert.
• Don't drive for the rest of the day.
• Don't eat a heavy meal afterwards. Eat something light and small.
• In case of nausea you should lie down and have a beverage.
• Do not drink alcohol for the remainder of the day.
• Keep taking your medication as directed by the dentist.
• If you have any problems get in touch with your dentist.
We are very proud at Clarendon Dental Spa to offer IV sedation to the highest standards administered by qualified, experienced and skilled dentists. Our spa like theme will allow you to start relaxing before even the IV sedation has taken effect and you will be able to recover in a relaxing environment.