What is IV Sedation?

Intravenous (or IV) sedation is an excellent method of treatment for patients who have severe dental anxiety or extensive dental needs.

How It Works

How It Works

During IV sedation, the patient is administered medication intravenously. This combination of medications induces a drowsy and relaxed feeling, enabling the patient to remain completely calm and sedated throughout their treatment.

Throughout this process, the patient’s vital signs are monitored. Although patients are not completely unconscious, many patients sleep through their dental appointment. Few patients have any memory of their treatment.

Patients who have IV sedation must have a friend or family member bring them to the dental office and return them home.



Like oral sedation, IV sedation is an excellent method of treatment for patients who have any of the following concerns:

  • Dental Anxiety
  • Difficulty Getting Numb
  • Very Sensitive Teeth
  • Extensive Dental Needs

IV sedation offers an advantage over oral sedation, however, as it allows our CRNA to specifically monitor and balance the amount of medication provided to the patient at any given moment.


Our office may also provide nitrous oxide as an alternative for patients with dental anxiety and other needs. Please contact us to see if either type of sedation may be appropriate for you. We will gladly discuss your needs in an understanding way.

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Whether you need a Hays dentist to provide your children with routine dental exams and professional cleanings or are interested in implant dentistry to fill the gaps in your own smile, you can rest assured that we have the dental services you need to achieve and maintain your best possible smile! To schedule an appointment with us, please give our office a call at (785) 625-7369 or complete the Appointment Request form. We look forward to meeting you soon and welcoming you to our practice where we give our patients plenty of reasons to smile!