IV Sedation

What is Intravenous Sedation?

Intravenous Sedation in dentistry is a modern technique
of sedation which takes the fear out of dental treatment and makes it a very pleasant experience. It is suitable for most patients, however, if you are not in good health or are taking any medicines or tablets, you should tell your dentists so that the sedation can be modified to suit your needs. Before the IV appointment you will be asked to fill in a medical history form. Please do this thoroughly and if you do not understand any question, discuss it with the dentist or dental assistant.

The technique involves the administration of small amounts of a sedative called Hypnovel into a vein in the arm. This injection is painless and sedation soon takes effect. The patient becomes very relaxed and very drowsy and the dental treatment then can be carried out comfortably. Local anaesthetic injection are still required, however will not cause any discomfort and the patient will not remember them. Due to the amnesia (forgetfulness) produced by these sedatives agents it seems to the patient that they are asleep for most of the treatment.
The patient is not unconscious, they are breathing on their own and will follow instruction from the dentist
and assistant.

On completion of the treatment the patient rests for a short while before being escorted home. While they will feel alert after treatment, the sedative agent is not completely eliminated from the body for some hours afterwards – hence the need for an escort home. Intravenous sedation is a very pleasant way to enable dental treatment to be carried out.

Intravenous Sedation Instructions


  • Organize someone to escort you TO and FROM you appointment.
  • Please report details of any drugs being taken, especially sleeping drugs, tranquillizers or cortisone preparations.
  • NO FOOD 4 hours prior to appointment time.
  • NO FLUIDS 1 hour prior to treatment.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing.
  • Contact lenses are best removed before appointment
  • visit the toilet prior to appointment.


  • Go home and rest under supervision.
  • DO NOT drive any vehicle or sign documents until the following day.
  • DO NOT consume alcohol until the following day.
  • Post operative dental treatment instructions will be given to escort.

In you own interests and that of other patients, you should not attend your IV appointment if you develop any cold, influenza, sore throat or other infection. In this case please phone us to reschedule your appointment.

If you have any other questions please call us!

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