Conscious intravenous sedation (CIVS) is used to help adults who are anxious or nervous about a medical or dental procedure. The sedative medication is administered through an intravenous (IV) line, which allows for a rapid onset of the drug and greater control over the level of sedation.
CIVS is typically used for minor surgical procedures, such as wisdom tooth surgical extractions, root canals, bone grafting/sinus lift or other dental procedures. It is also used for specific medical procedures such as colonoscopies or endoscopies. CIVS is designed to help patients feel more relaxed and less anxious.
During conscious intravenous sedation, the patient remains awake and able to respond to verbal commands, but they may feel sleepy, tired, or have a reduced level of awareness. The healthcare provider can adjust the story of sedation based on the patient’s response and needs.
Patients need to follow the pre-procedure instructions provided by our dental team to ensure the safety and effectiveness of conscious intravenous sedation. Patients should also arrange for a responsible adult to drive them home after the procedure, as the effects of sedation can linger for several hours.