Intravenous (IV) sedation is a safe and effective way to provide excellent pain relief and is especially suitable for anxious patients. At Carbasse Implant & Dental Centre we may recommend IV sedation for complex or time-consuming cases, or for nervous patients who are unsure about receiving dental treatment.
IV sedation is gently injected into a vein on the back of the hand and combines anaesthetic (numbing), analgesic (pain relief) and a sedative. As well as experiencing no pain, patients feel relaxed, contented and sleepy, though they can be roused if the dentist needs to speak to them. The added benefit of IV sedation is its amnesiac effect – after treatment, patients normally have little or no memory of the experience, and will likely believe that they slept through the whole procedure.
Dr Laleh Sharifian
Patients who would benefit from receiving IV sedation are seen by Dr Laleh Sharifian BDS (Lond.), MFDS RCS (Eng.), Dip D.Sed’. Laleh qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 1999 having developed an early interest in sedation and dental anxiety as an undergraduate student. She chose to do her final year research within the field of anxiety and was awarded the Malleson Prize for her work. In addition, she attained her postgraduate diploma in sedation from Guy’s in 2002 and has been enjoying this fulfilling role ever since.’