Intravenous Sedation for Oral Surgery/Dental Surgery

This type of sedation is described as conscious sedation. Within this technique a drug, commonly known as Midazolam, is given intravenously to control anxiety during a oral surgery/dental procedure; it allows you to be more relaxed and sometimes slightly drowsy. You will be sufficiently awake to converse with your surgeon throughout the procedure.

Are there any risks?

There is a small chance you may become very drowsy and lose consciousness; this is rare and easily dealt with by the clinician. It can occur when some patients receive a little too much and become over-sedated. The drugs are titrated to the effect required for you to be comfortable during your procedure. In a few cases slight bruising or a small blood clot may appear at the site of the injection in your arm. This is normally nothing to be concerned about; however, should you be concerned or the condition causes you pain, please contact us for advise.

Before your Treatment

Let us know if you are:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Diabetic

On the day of your Treatment

You may have a light meal/snack before the sedation. Take the medications you would normally take at the usual time you would take them unless instructed otherwise by your GP or surgeon. Wear loose, comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be easily rolled up past the elbow. Wear low heeled shoes – you may be unsteady in high heels. Avoid wearing contact lenses if possible. Remove any nail varnish as this may interfere with our monitoring equipment. Inform the surgeon of any alteration in your medications or general health. Bring with you a responsible adult as you escort.

After your treatment and for 24 hours


  • Drive
  • Take a taxi/bus unless accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Be a passenger on a motorbike or bicycle
  • Operate machinery
  • Make important decisions (eg sign legal documents)
  • Undertake strenuous activity
  • Consume alcohol

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.