The most common drugs for IV sedation are benzodiazepines, or “benzos” for short. I use these for dental implants, bone grafting, crowns, deep cleanings, fillings, wisdom teeth, etc. They are extremely useful!
The medication I use most for dental IV sedation is a short acting benzodiazepine.
Why Benzodiazepines for Sedation Denstistry?
IV administered sedative benzos have 3 main effects: they reduce anxiety/relax you, they make you sleepy, and they produce partial or total amnesia. They make you forget what happened during the procedure and you typically sleep through it.
By far the most commonly used drug for IV sedation is Midazolam (Versed), but sometimes I use Diazepam (Valium).
Midazolam is the first choice because it gets in and out of your system quickly. It usually works within a minute. Valium is great too, but is used when you have a longer procedure or have a higher tolerance.
One of the nice things about Burbank sleep dentistry under IV sedation is that Midazolam (Versed) has a reversing agent. Although I rarely use the reverser, it is nice to know that the effects of the medication can be reversed very quickly in case of an emergency.
Keep in mind that other medications are used in addition to Midazolam(Versed) during most sedation cases.
I have personally administered sedation with Midazolam (Versed) more than 3,000 times. I have used it twice myself, and sedated five of my family members with it…it is safe in trained hands!