Is IV sedation the right type of anesthesia for wisdom tooth removal?

Q. Is IV sedation the right type of anesthesia for wisdom tooth removal?

Answered by
Dr. Akhil K P
and medically reviewed by Dr.Sowmiya
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 26, 2018 and last reviewed on: Sep 15, 2023

Hello doctor,

I was getting my wisdom teeth out and was told I would be under IV sedation, but I did not sign a consent to that, just anesthesia. So, I called and asked them about it. They said I would be asleep, but if they ask me to raise my hand, I will be able to do that. What on earth are they giving me? I want to be asleep during the entire procedure. Will IV sedation do that?



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I can understand your concern. The type of sedation your dentist has recommended for you is "conscious sedation," You will be at minimal consciousness and not completely asleep. You could respond to verbal and physical stimuli. This type of sedation helps you reduce discomfort, pain, and anxiety during and after the procedure. Unlike general anesthesia, in which you will be completely unconscious, this type of sedation is pretty safe and does not cause any side effects. Conscious sedation uses the same drugs used for general anesthesia but at lower doses. General anesthesia is not recommended for minor procedures like the extraction of wisdom teeth. You will be comfortable in IV sedation.

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