IV sedation is an excellent tool to reduce anxiety and distress during treatment. When going under IV sedation for the first time, it’s important to be aware of the possible side effects. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about IV sedation and the potential issues you could experience during and after your treatment.
What Does IV Sedation Involve?
IV sedation is a form of anesthesia that is given to you intravenously. There are various different types of IV sedation, and it’s used for both medical and cosmetic procedures. The primary reason for someone to use IV sedation is to minimize anxiety and feel more peaceful during a procedure. We understand that any type of medical procedure can cause stress, and IV sedation can provide just the right amount of anesthesia to put you at ease. It is generally a safer option than other forms of anesthesia, but you’ll still want to keep in mind the IV sedation side effects, so as to avoid any issues during your treatment.
7 Potential Side Effects of IV Sedation
When using IV sedation for the first time, it’s important to be aware of the possible side effects and the impact it might have on your body. Let’s take a look at some of the most common side effects to prepare you for your upcoming treatment.
Without a doubt, the number one concern with IV sedation is drowsiness. Depending on the dosage you receive, you’ll find that it might not fully wear off for 24 to 48 hours after. As IV sedation is used to relax your body, you might feel sleepy and drowsy for the rest of the day. We recommend that you try and schedule some downtime following a treatment to avoid any issues and give your body the time it needs to recover.
Many people find themselves feeling sick or nauseous following treatment as the IV sedation starts to wear off. Certain people are at a higher risk of this, including those who struggle with motion sickness or anyone with a family history of this condition. This more commonly occurs when IV sedation is used for dental treatments, as your gag reflex is sometimes activated when your mouth is covered.
As the IV sedation begins to wear off following your treatment, you might find that you begin to experience a headache. If you don’t eat or drink for a few hours around your procedure, this is even more likely to occur as you might be dehydrated or experience low blood sugar. This is particularly common with patients who had to fast leading up to a treatment, but is less common in cosmetic procedures.
4. Dry Mouth
IV sedation is often used in dentistry, which sometimes leaves you with a dry mouth following the treatment. However, even when we use this sedation option in our surgery, some people find the sedation medication leaves them with a dry mouth after the treatment. You’ll find that this is one of the most common IV sedation side effects, and it will soon wear off in the next day or so.
One of the more concerning IV sedation side effects is amnesia. While this type of anesthesia doesn’t usually result in you having no recollection of what took place, you may feel disoriented or confused about what happened. We’ll be here to put your mind at ease after the treatment and ensure you are safe and healthy before leaving our office.
6. Pain or Swelling at the Injection Site
Putting a needle into your vein comes with its own potential side effects. You may notice a bruise at the IV site following your IV sedation, particularly if you have brittle veins or we struggle to locate your vein. In rare cases, you may find your vein is inflamed following the treatment. It will look redder and feel hard and warm, but this usually resolves itself within a few days. Keep an eye on the site of the injection if you are concerned about this, and contact our team if you notice anything unusual.
7. Overdose of IV Sedation
Our team of professionals will carefully monitor the level of IV sedation we give you during a treatment. However, in some cases, people may find they are more sensitive to IV sedation or someone gives them too much. Of course, we will avoid this at all costs, which is why we always recommend working with professionals on this type of treatment. We’ll use the right amount to avoid an overdose, which could leave you feeling drowsy and knocked out for the rest of the day.
All of these side effects can be avoided by working with a professional who is experienced in using IV sedation. Our team will be here to support you during any procedure, and we’ll ensure that IV sedation is the right option for your needs before going ahead with the treatment.
What to Do If You Experience Side Effects of IV Sedation
Following your IV sedation and treatment, we encourage you to monitor how you feel very carefully. If you are struggling for a prolonged time with any of these conditions listed above or feel anything abnormal, contact our team or a medical professional.
Contact Innovations Medical for IV Sedation
If you’re looking to feel more relaxed during any 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.