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IV Sedation

What Is It?

IV sedation refers to the administration of an anti-anxiety drug through the bloodstream. This is sometimes referred to as ‘twilight’ or ‘sleep’ dentistry. However, rather than putting you to sleep, the sedative helps you to relax and feel at peace

Oral sedation, on the other hand, involves prescription medication, and is also used to reduce anxiety. The most commonly prescribed drugs belong to the ‘benzodiazepine’ family which bind to receptors in the brain.

Dr. Smith’s Duncan clinic offers sedation dentistry in order for you to feel more comfortable during your dental procedure.

What Are The Benefits?

– Sedatives administered via the bloodstream have a more rapid effect, and results are more easily controlled than by using oral sedatives.

– Dr. Smith can perform multiple procedures in one visit, so if you require extensive dental care you can receive treatment in fewer appointments.

– Sedation may allow procedures to be accomplished more quickly and efficiently.

– IV sedation typically provides an amnesic state so you have little or no recollection of the treatment following your appointment.

– By reducing anxiety and discomfort, sedation dentistry can help patients receive optimal dental care for better oral health.

– Sedation dentistry minimizes discomfort during dental procedures.

– There are fewer side effects compared to other sedation methods such as general anaesthesia.

Who Needs It?

People of all ages may be suitable candidates for sedation dentistry. If you are bothered by the following, Dr. Smith may advise IV sedation:

  • Dental anxiety; fear of visiting the dentist; fear of needles
  • Decreased sensitivity to local anaesthesia
  • Highly sensitive gag reflex
  • High tooth sensitivity

If treatment is especially complex, such as removal of impacted wisdom teeth or extensive implant surgery, IV sedation may be advisable.

Don’t let your fears hinder better dental health. Book a consultation appointment today.

What Happens Before Sedation?

A comprehensive assessment and consultation are provided prior to treatment. Once this is complete, Dr. Smith will make recommendations according to your specific needs.


Dr. Ron Smith has over 30 years of experience in dentistry. He is fully qualified and is registered with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC to provide IV sedation services.

Jacky and Cindy, our two assistants, are certified also, as anaesthesia assistants (CDNAA).

Ask us for more information.

Many people avoid dental visits due to fear and anxiety. Delaying dental visits, or avoiding them altogether, increases the risk of tooth loss, dental infections, or undetected oral cancer. Dr. Smith, in his Duncan clinic, can provide intravenous dental sedation techniques aimed at helping you obtain the necessary dental care without anxiety.