Intravenous conscious sedation (also known as IV sedation) is when a drug is administered directly into the blood system during a dental procedure, in order to reduce the patient’s anxiety. During conscious IV sedation, the patient remains awake and can answer requests from the dentist. As you may read at Schoettger Orthodontics the patient may not remember the procedure, however, because the sedation induces a state of deep relaxation.
This gives the patient a care-free feeling, despite undergoing a dental procedure. Also, IV sedation produces amnesia effects from the period of time that the sedation takes effect until it wears off. Patients who undergo sedation dentistry have a sense of time passing quickly, or they may believe they slept through the procedure. Some patients don’t want to remember anything they experienced during the procedure, so the amnesia effects are often welcomed.