IV Sedation

IV Sedation

IV Sedation=Sleep Dentistry

We work, you sleep

Because we know people might have fear, anxiety or is bothered by the noises of the dental setting, we offer another type of sedation. IV sedation, which is considered a moderate form of sedation dentistry.
With IV sedation we are able to deliver the medications directly to your blood stream and have a better control of the level of sedation. This allows us to achieve a deeper level of sleep or relaxation. One of the benefits is that most people won’t remember much of the procedure.
Our amazing staff and doctors can discuss with you what sedation is best for you. Dr. Darquea is more than qualified to handle any type of sedation in dentistry.

Drugs Used

  • Benzodiazepine (or benzo) are used. This type of drug is useful in treating anxiety, insomnia and also or pre medication for dental procedures. Helps the patient relax and causes the patient to forget most of the dental appointment.
  • Opiods Pain killers are added in the IV to minimize future discomfort.
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl ). Antihistamines are often used to assist on the sedation.
  • Promethazine (Phenergan). Another sedative sometimes is used to assist on the level of sedation


Treatment Aftercare

After the procedure is completed and sedation terminated patient will feel alert. Patient will need an escort for the rest of the day. It is recommended for patient to try to sleep for the rest of the day and to stay hydrated.

Even though each patients’ recovery can vary, most patients report feeling alert soon after the IV is halted with little to no pain. However, a patient should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours following the end of their dental procedure, so a companion must accompany the patient to the appointment to drive them home afterwards. Some patients report feeling nauseous after IV sedation, but Dr. Darquea can prescribe medication to alleviate this feeling. It’s also recommended that patients sleep the rest of the day, along with staying hydrated with plenty of water and clear liquids. By the next day, most patients can remember little, if anything, about the appointment due to IV sedation. It is important to note that the memory loss only applies to the actual dental appointment.