IV sedation is a form of sedation that involves the use of medication delivered intravenously, or directly into your bloodstream through the use of a needle. It can be used for forms of moderate or deep anesthesia (where you are wavering on the brink of consciousness and unconsciousness). An IV is also used for general anesthesia, a sedation that puts you completely to sleep throughout your entire procedure.
It is important to note that before any procedure involving IV sedation that you should not eat or drink anything, including water, for at least hours before your scheduled appointment. Some exceptions to water may be made if you have to take specific medications, but we will discuss this with you during your consultation. Once at your appointment, a needle will be inserted either into the back of your hand or your arm. The IV drip will then be attached. Soon, before we start your procedure, the IV is turned on, and the medication is delivered directly into your bloodstream. It goes to work almost instantly. IV sedation is closely monitored, and we can adjust it as necessary.
Once your procedure is over, the IV is turned off, and the needle removed. You will feel woozy for a while. It is important that you have someone with you who can drive you home, as the effects of IV sedation can last several hours.
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