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What is IV sedation?
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
8 doctors agree
In brief: There are 3 kinds
There are 3 levels of intravenous sedation: "conscious", "moderate", and "deep".
With conscious sedation, a patient is awake and just has a little medication to relax and help with discomfort. With moderate sedation, the patient may doze off . Deep sedation is not much different from general anesthesia, and carries many of the same risks; the provider must be trained in anesthesiology.

In brief: There are 3 kinds
There are 3 levels of intravenous sedation: "conscious", "moderate", and "deep".
With conscious sedation, a patient is awake and just has a little medication to relax and help with discomfort. With moderate sedation, the patient may doze off . Deep sedation is not much different from general anesthesia, and carries many of the same risks; the provider must be trained in anesthesiology.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Allan Hawryluk
Dentistry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Intravenous Sedation
Iv sedation stands for intravenous sedation.
It is when a drug or group of drugs is administered directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous drip. In dentistry the most common drugs administered in this fashion are anti-axiety and pain blocking drugs.

In brief: Intravenous Sedation
Iv sedation stands for intravenous sedation.
It is when a drug or group of drugs is administered directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous drip. In dentistry the most common drugs administered in this fashion are anti-axiety and pain blocking drugs.
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
4 doctors agree
In brief: Make you sleepy
Medication given through your IV to make you relax and forget why you are having the procedure.
Sometimes called "twilight sleep" by patients.

In brief: Make you sleepy
Medication given through your IV to make you relax and forget why you are having the procedure.
Sometimes called "twilight sleep" by patients.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Drugs in vein
Dr s is correct. But there is not a clear dividing line.
Most conscious sedation is deeper. Sedation is like going to sleep. Sleepy-sleepier-asleep. Done with drugs usually into your vein. There are dozens of drugs with different side effects. Some can only be given by anesthesia people. I feel deep sedation is usually the most most dangerous and general anesthesia is safer and recovers faster.

In brief: Drugs in vein
Dr s is correct. But there is not a clear dividing line.
Most conscious sedation is deeper. Sedation is like going to sleep. Sleepy-sleepier-asleep. Done with drugs usually into your vein. There are dozens of drugs with different side effects. Some can only be given by anesthesia people. I feel deep sedation is usually the most most dangerous and general anesthesia is safer and recovers faster.
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: IV Meds
Iv sedation is \medication administered through an IV that either relaxes a patient a great deal, or knocks them out completely.
Because of the risk of supressing the breathing reflex, IV sedation usually is only done with a specific doctor watching the patient...In addition to the doctor performing the procedure for which the sedation is required.

In brief: IV Meds
Iv sedation is \medication administered through an IV that either relaxes a patient a great deal, or knocks them out completely.
Because of the risk of supressing the breathing reflex, IV sedation usually is only done with a specific doctor watching the patient...In addition to the doctor performing the procedure for which the sedation is required.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Dr. Edward Neilsen
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