Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation, is when we administer anti-anxiety medication into the bloodstream during your treatment. This allows Dr. Miranda and our San Antonio dental team to continually check the flow of the drug while making sure you are comfortable and relaxed. We use this type of sedation dentistry for longer treatments like wisdom teeth extractions. It is also ideal for those who suffer from extreme dental anxiety.
IV sedation is also widely known as “sleep dentistry” or “twilight sedation” because of the way it makes the patient feel. Those common terms are a little deceptive though because IV sedation doesn’t make you fall asleep. Even though you aren’t actually sleeping, most patients are so relaxed that they are completely unaware and don’t remember anything about their procedure, giving the illusion of being asleep. When we administer the IV sedation, you will feel pleasantly lightheaded for a few seconds, and then we’ll slowly reverse the sedation once the procedure is over. You’ll come to and be ready to go home! But make sure someone is with you to drive you home afterwards.