The IV route of drug administration represents the most effective method method of ensuring predictable and adequate sedation in virtually all patients. Effective blood levels of medications are achieved quite rapidly.
Advantages of IV drug administration include its short latent period of about 20 -25 seconds (permitting medications to be titrated) and the ability to rapidly enhance the action of a drug. In clinical practice a drug injected used intravenously for dental sedation requires approximately 2 – 8 minutes to reach its desired effect. An additional advantage of many intravenously administered drug used for the reduction of anxiety is that they are capable of providing amnesic periods of varying duration. Dental procedures feared by the patient may be carried out during the amnesic period (including using “the needle” for local anesthesia.)
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A