During intravenous sedation, a consultant anaesthetist delivers sedating medication through a vein which relaxes the patient to such an extent that he or she can tolerate dental treatment easily with little or no recall of the event. It is an extremely safe procedure which we provide to frightened patients or when treatment is extensive (such as large bone grafts). On average we carry out 150-200 IV sedation cases per year.
It is sometimes possible to alleviate patients' anxiety by prescribing a sedative tablet prior to the procedure. You would need to swallow the tablet one hour before the treatment starts. Your dentist will discuss the pros and cons of oral sedation with you during the consultation appointment.
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