Conscious I.V. Sedation

IV Sedation is often times the best option for the “dental phobic.” Dr. Hawkins is one of the only General Dentists qualified and licensed to offer IV Sedation for dental treatment in our area.

Before IV Sedation can be used for a dental procedure we need to evaluate your medical history, and a list of current medications. You are then scheduled in our office at a time when Dr. Hawkins can give his full attention to you. You are asked not to eat for 12 hours prior to the procedure, and may be asked to discontinue certain types of medication. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

The actual procedure is relatively simple. First, a saline IV is placed. Then a drug called Versed (Midazolam) is titrated into the IV in low dose increments until a state of “light sleep” is achieved. Your eyes are still awake, but you are in a hypnotic state of sedation. You are breathing completely on your own.

The best advantage to IV Sedation is you have no memory of the dental procedure.