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Patients will ask us, “Can you drive after IV sedation?” and the answer is “no.”
Here’s why it’s not safe to drive after you’ve received IV sedation…
IV sedation, also referred to as general anesthesia, is administered through an IV that’s attached to your arm. This is the deepest type of sedation that we offered, and while you’re receiving IV sedation, you’ll be unconscious.
Once your appointment ends, and we’re no longer administering the sedative, you’ll become conscious again. But it takes some time for the sedation to completely wear off. You might feel a little groggy, and your concentration and coordination won’t be as sharp as usual for several hours or more. Because of this, it’s not safe to drive yourself after you’ve had IV sedation. You’ll need to have someone pick you up and give you a ride home from out dental office.
IV sedation is a great option if you:
- have dental fear
- want to schedule several procedures to be completed in a single appointment
- have a strong gag reflex
- suffer from TMJ problems or disorders
- have a physical disability that makes it hard to receive dental treatment
- have trouble keeping your mouth open and/or sitting still
- are having a complex treatment (such as dental implants or wisdom teeth extractions)
In addition to IV sedation, we also offer laughing gas (and you can drive yourself home after receiving laughing gas) and oral sedation.
Our offices are some of the few dental offices in the Phoenix area to offer all three of these types of sedation for dentistry, and we’ll recommend the one that will be the most effective for your specific needs and treatment.
For more information about IV sedation dentistry, or to schedule a free consultation or appointment, please contact us.
Read additional information about “Can you drive after oral sedation” and “Can you drive after laughing gas.”
Please Note: Our dental offices are in Mesa, east of Phoenix. We accept most types of dental insurance and are preferred providers (in network) for many. Please contact the office nearest you for details.