Is IV Sedation Safe?

Is IV Sedation Safe

IV sedation is a great option for anyone who is anxious about an upcoming procedure. Of course, before using IV sedation for the first time, you’ll want to ensure this is a safe option based on your personal situation. The number one aim of IV sedation is to help you feel relaxed and calm during a procedure. By understanding that IV sedation is safe, we can work to put you at ease and feel relaxed and confident during any treatment.

What is IV Sedation?

For anyone who is not familiar with the practice, IV sedation is quite similar to anesthesia and is a type of anti-anxiety medication administered before a treatment. It’s a quick and effective solution that enters your body via your bloodstream.

IV sedation is given to you via an IV which is placed into your vein. We can adjust the level of sedation so that you sleep but continue to breathe normally. Being able to breathe naturally means you won’t need a tube or help with breathing. This is why it’s considered to be a safer option than anesthesia, but you’ll want to consider the potential risks of IV sedation before opting to use this option in the future.

IV Sedation – Is it Safe?

When performing any treatment at our office, our top concern is your safety. However, we also know that many of our clients lead busy lives and need a quick and fast-acting sedation option. IV sedation is much quicker than either oral or inhaled sedation. The effects of this sedation kick in very quickly, minimizing the time you’ll have to spend in our office during a busy day. Instead of putting off the treatment you desire for any longer, you’ll soon be on your way to looking and feeling your best once again.

Is IV Sedation Safe During Pregnancy?

During your pregnancy, you want to ensure you remain safe and healthy at all times for the sake of yourself and your baby. Elective cosmetic procedures are not performed during pregnancy.

Risks of IV Sedation

These are some of the most common risks associated with IV sedation. By making yourself aware of these risks, you’ll find that you can make an informed decision regarding IV sedation before your upcoming treatment.

1. High Sedation Dosage

We always recommend working with a professional who is experienced with IV sedation. Over-sedation is incredibly risky and is more likely to occur when someone is not qualified in this field. Our qualified and experienced team will be vigilant with the dosage to ensure it’s safe and effective for your needs.

2. Longer Recovery After Treatment

IV sedation can take a few hours to wear off, so you need to plan ahead for your treatment. It will be unsafe to drive after your appointment, so we recommend arranging for someone to collect you or a taxi to drive you home. You’ll want to ensure the sedative has fully worn off before returning to your regular daily tasks, especially if you are carrying out any work with machinery or vehicles. Drowsiness is very common, and in some cases, it can last between one to two days after your treatment.

3. Respiratory Issues

One of the biggest risks of IV sedation is potential respiratory distress. This is more of a concern for anyone taking a higher dosage of IV sedation. Our professional team will monitor you throughout the time you are with us and will quickly react to any signs of respiratory distress if they do occur.

4. Allergic Reaction

If it’s your first time undergoing IV sedation, there is a small chance of an allergic reaction. The reaction you experience will depend on your personal situation and can be minor to severe.

5. Nausea

IV sedation can result in nausea or vomiting. Some patients are at higher risk for this than others. We commonly find that anyone who suffers from motion sickness is more likely to experience nausea during IV sedation.

6. Headaches

When the IV sedation starts to wear off, you might develop a headache. This is often due to dehydration, particularly if you didn’t eat or drink leading up to the treatment. You might also experience low blood sugar, which is something anyone who struggles with should monitor.

Contact Innovations Medical for IV Sedation

If you’re looking to relieve your anxiety during an upcoming treatment, Innovations Medical is here for you. Our skilled professionals help you decide which treatment is best for you – keeping you informed and confident in the next steps. We’ve been helping our patients look and feel their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.

To find out if IV sedation is right for you, and to learn how Innovations Medical can improve your life, call us at (214) 643-8665 or schedule an appointment.