The Benefits and Safety of Intravenous (IV) Sedation in Dental Procedures

Benefits and Safety of Intravenous

Do you feel extreme anxiety and nervousness while visiting the dentist? If so, you’re not alone. Almost 51.8% of people get anxious, and 3% suffer from major phobia during dental checkups. 

This can make routine dental visits or procedures feel like traumatic tasks. However, there’s a solution that can help ease your fears while making your dental treatment experience more comfortable: intravenous (IV) Sedation.

Let’s explore the benefits of intravenous (IV) sedation and make you more confident and comfortable about your next visit to the dentist in sunshine coast!

Understanding IV Sedation

IV sedation is short-term for intravenous (IN-truh-VEE-nus) sedation. It means into or within a vein sedation, twilight dentistry, or sleep dentistry. This is intended to be used on patients who face intense fear or anxiety while getting a dental checkup done. Let’s understand what IV sedation is and whether you’re eligible for it.

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

During dental checkups or treatment sessions, Intravenous sedation is used to help patients relax and feel more comfortable. This form of sedation is directly injected into the veins in the arm or hands of the patient, delivering the medications directly into the bloodstream. 

Not like the other forms of sedation, like conscious sedation or oral sedation dentistry. It makes the patient feel more relaxed and mildly awake while still breathing on their own. Mostly, after the patient wakes up, they seem to have little to no memory of their dental treatment.

To prepare before IV sedation, you must:

  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Avoiding eating or drinking 6-8 hours before sedation.
  • Stopping certain medications (unless suggested otherwise).
  • Give the dentist your complete medical history.
  • Ask your friends or family to take you home beforehand.

Types of  IV Sedation Dentistry

Many types of IV sedation are used in dental procedures, which include:

1. Midazolam 

This medication helps to relax and reduce anxiety.

2. Propofol

Known for its fast-acting properties, this medication provides faster sedation and can be adjusted as needed.

3. Fentanyl

Often combined with other sedatives, this medication helps to manage pain during the treatment.

Patient Eligibility Criteria

Patient eligibility criteria for IV sedation in dental procedures are determined based on several factors:

1. Age considerations: Pediatric patients may have different eligibility criteria.

2. Overall health: Patients in good health are generally eligible. People with medical issues like cardiovascular or respiratory issues may not be appropriate.

3. Procedure complexity: The type and duration of the dental procedure influence eligibility.

Top 10 Benefits of Intravenous (IV) Sedation in Dental Procedures 

Intravenous (IV) sedation is a valuable tool in dentistry. Here are the top 10 advantages of using intravenous sedation dentistry:

1. Improved Patient Comfort

A deep state of relaxation is induced by IV sedation. It alleviates anxiety and fear associated with dental visits. Patients remain conscious but are deeply comfortable. It makes the dental experience much more pleasant.

2. Rapid Onset of Action

Unlike other forms of sedation, IV sedation takes effect quickly, typically within minutes of administration. This rapid onset allows dental procedures to commence promptly, minimizing wait times and ensuring efficient treatment.

3. Customizable Dosage

IV sedation is known for its precise control over the sedation level. It allows the dentist to adjust the dosage according to each patient’s needs. This customization ensures optimal comfort and safety throughout the procedure.

4. Increased Cooperation

Patients under IV sedation are more cooperative and compliant. It makes it easier for dentists to perform complex procedures. IV sedation for root canal treatment enhances patient cooperation leading to smoother and more successful outcomes.

5. Memory Loss Effect

IV sedation induces short-term memory loss. This means that patients may have little to no recollection of the procedure after it’s done. This amnesic effect helps reduce anxiety. It also tackles the fear associated with further dental visits. 

6. Pain Management

IV sedation provides effective pain relief. It makes sure patients remain comfortable throughout the treatment. By stopping the brain from sending pain signals, this form of sedation helps minimize discomfort. It also promotes a pain-free experience.

7. Reduced Gag Reflex

IV sedation is ideal for patients with a sensitive gag reflex. It helps suppress the reflex. With this form of sedation, dentists can easily perform intraoral procedures without triggering any discomfort or nausea.

8. Time Efficiency

IV sedation allows dentists to work more efficiently. It minimizes patient movement and interruptions during the procedure. This saves a lot of time while maintaining high standards of care.

9. Versatility

IV sedation can be used for many of dental procedures. From routine cleanings, and tooth fillings to many more complex treatments like extractions and periodontal surgeries – this is helpful for all.

10. Safe Administration

IV sedation for dental implants is considered safe and well-tolerated by most patients. Dentists closely monitor patients throughout the procedure to ensure their safety and comfort.

Potential Side Effects of IV Sedation in Dental Procedures

Some of the common IV sedation side effects may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Temporary memory loss or forgetfulness
  • Respiratory depression
  • Low blood pressure
  • Bruising at the injection site
  • Allergic reactions to sedative medications can occur

Evaluating the Safety Measures of IV Sedation in Dental Care

Making sure the patients undergoing IV sedation are safe is extremely important. Following are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Qualified Administration

IV sedation should only be given by qualified and skilled dental practitioners. Surgeons with the necessary certification and expertise can ensure it is done precisely, safely, and effectively.

  • Patient Evaluation

Before undergoing IV sedation, patients undergo a thorough evaluation. It helps to assess their medical history, current health status, and any potential risk factors that may affect their suitability for sedation.

  • Monitoring During Procedure

Continuous monitoring of signs like blood pressure, heart rate, as well as oxygen saturation levels, is essential throughout the procedure to detect any adverse reactions or complications promptly.

  • Potential Risks

Despite its benefits, IV sedation carries inherent risks, including respiratory depression, cardiovascular complications, and allergic reactions. Dentists must be prepared to manage these potential risks and have the necessary equipment or IV sedation anaesthesia and medications readily available to address any emergencies that may arise.


Picture this: a dental experience where fear fades away, replaced by deep relaxation and comfort. That’s exactly what intravenous (IV) sedation presents. The benefits are transformative, as it offers a safe alternative to general anesthesia. At Oris Dental, IV sedation allows patients to receive necessary dental care comfortably and contributes greatly to a positive dental experience, promoting better oral health and overall well-being. 

Ready to experience stress-free dental care? Schedule your IV sedation consultation at Oris Dental today!


Q) What Are The Advantages Of IV Sedation?

Ans: IV sedation offers several advantages. For example, it has a rapid onset of action, reduces anxiety, improves patient cooperation, and reduces discomfort. 

Q) Who can Benefitted From IV Sedation Dentistry

Ans: It is beneficial for individuals with dental anxiety or phobia. Patients who experience difficulty sitting still for extended periods, undergoing lengthy or complex dental treatments, or have an unpleasant gag reflex can benefit from IV sedation.

Q) Are Dental Operations Safe to Be Done With IV Sedation?

Ans: Yes. Dental operations can be safely performed with IV sedation when administered by trained and experienced dental professionals.

Q) How Long Does IV Sedation Typically Take To Subside?

Ans: The duration of IV sedation effects varies from patient to patient. It depends on factors like the type and dosage of medication administered, as well as individual patient response. However, most patients are fully recovered within 24 hours and can resume their normal activities afterwards.

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi - Dentist at Oris Dental

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.


Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.



    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.



    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!



    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.

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