Intravenous, or IV Sedation, is often the patient choice for oral surgery. Medications are administered through a line inserted into the vein.  This is also commonly known as “twilight anesthesia”, as it is a depressed level of consciousness, with the ability to respond to verbal commands. Most patients will not remember anything about the procedure that was performed under this type of anesthesia.  Supplemental oxygen is delivered through the nose, and the patient’s vital signs are closely monitored during and after the procedure.

What Does it Feel Like?  Will I Be Asleep?

The patient actually remains conscious during IV Sedation, and is able to understand and respond to the doctor. However, it induces a deep state of relaxation, and a  feeling of not being bothered by what is happening.

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Additionally, the drugs used for IV Sedation produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first becomes effective until the time that it wears off.  As a result, time seems to pass very quickly, and the patient does not remember anything, so that is seems that they were “asleep” during the procedure.