IV sedation dentistry FAQs
IV sedation needs to be performed when you have an empty stomach. You should avoid eating food at least six hours before your dental procedure. However, you can drink clear liquids up to two hours before.
Once the sedative starts working, you will feel extremely calm. You will enter a dream-like state and become mostly unaware of your surroundings. Time will seem to pass quickly, and you will likely have very few memories of the dental procedure.
With IV sedation, you will be in a “semi-awake” state. You will feel completely relaxed and free from any pain. You may be so drowsy that you do fall asleep, but you will still be able to wake and respond to requests from our dental care team. This is compared to general anesthesia, which puts you in a fully unconscious state.
You will likely experience amnesia and have few memories of the dental procedure. You may feel drowsy and dizzy, but this will wear off over time. It’s important to rest after IV sedation. For this reason, we recommend taking a break from work and avoiding driving, operating heavy machinery, making important decisions, drinking alcohol, or taking medication (unless cleared by your dentist) for at least 24 hours. Make sure you have a ride home from a trusted caregiver after the procedure.
You will begin to feel the effects of IV sedation within a few minutes of administration. Once the procedure is done, your drowsiness will start to wear off in approximately 20 minutes. The sedatives should fully leave your system in about 24 hours.
IV sedation creates a dream-like state
While you will not be fully asleep, you will feel extremely relaxed and calm. This is often referred to as a “twilight” state of consciousness. You will still be able to move and breathe on your own, but you likely will not remember much about the dental procedure.