What is IV Sedation?

Is fear of the dentist preventing you from getting the dental treatment you need, or the smile that you’ve always dreamt of? At Derby’s Park Dental Clinic, our team is experienced in working with nervous patients and every staff member is empathic to their concerns. However, we do not believe that fear or even phobia of the dentist should be a barrier to getting treatment, which is why we offer IV sedation for nervous patients.

iv-sedationThere are many triggers and causes of dental phobia and fear, from bad experiences in the past to anxiety at the sound of a drill, the sights or smells of a dental surgery. Just imagine if there was a way to alleviate all these anxieties, so you can visit the dentist without the fear and negative feelings. IV sedation offers an excellent way to do this.

How it works

The “IV” in IV sedation stands for intravenous. That means that sedative drugs are delivered by a small needle in the back of your hand or in your arm. If fear of needles is part of your anxiety, don’t panic; in that case we can provide nasal sedation first before the intravenous drugs are delivered.

At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, dentist Trishan Malhi is fully qualified in providing sedation, and has done so successfully for scores of patients.

IV sedation is also sometimes called “conscious sedation”. Unlike a general anaesthetic used for major procedures in a hospital, with IV/conscious sedation you will remain awake and able to co-operate with your dentist during treatment. However, the anti-anxiety drugs used induce a state of deep relaxation, meaning that you will feel peaceful and largely unaware of what is going on.

The drugs used in IV sedation also cause mild amnesia for the duration of treatment, meaning that you will remember little to nothing of what has happened when the drugs wear off – you’ll just have healthy, beautiful teeth.

It is important to bring a friend or family member with you if you are having IV sedation at our Derby practice, because the drugs will stay in your system for some hours after treatment, and you will not be able to drive or use public transport. You should also avoid cooking, using kettles or any other equipment until the effects have worn off.