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Nervous about going to the dentist in Navan?

Here at Navan Dental, we take pride in looking after all of our patients' needs. Dental anxiety, fear and nerves are common concerns amongst patients.  At Navan Dental we like to think that we can help remove any fears or anxiety you may have, but for those who still have these feelings then sedation is available to help deliver dental treatment in a stress-free manner.

What is Intravenous (IV) Sedation?

Intravenous (IV) sedation is a reliable and effective means of producing relaxation in the dental chair very quickly. 

A “mini-drip” is placed in the back of your hand and the relaxing drug is administered in stages until you feel completely relaxed.  At this point, treatment can commence as usual.

Midazolam is the most common drug used. IV sedation is ideal for longer or more difficult dental procedures e.g. extractions, or multiple restorations. 

Throughout your course of IV sedation you remain conscious and are never actually fully “asleep”.  However, many patients believe they have slept through the entire procedure, whilst many cannot remember any part of the procedure from the moment the medication is given.

For best levels of patient care, the practice organises sedation sessions.



There are certain requirements before and after treatment with sedation:

Before sedation

  • Remember that you must be accompanied to the clinic by a responsible adult who will stay at the clinic during your treatment and accompany you home. 
  • Remember that you cannot travel home by public transport. 
  • Arrive for your appointment approximately 15 minutes early so that any pre-treatment documentation can be completed. 
  • Remove contact lenses. 
  • Remove ALL make-up, particularly lipstick and nail varnish. 
  • Remove ALL jewellery. 
  • Tie back long hair. 
  • Continue to take routine medicine unless the dentist has advised otherwise. 
  • Tell the dentist or anaesthetist if you have been to see your family doctor or attended hospital since your consultation appointment. 
  • Give details of any medicines, tablets or pills which you are taking, prescribed by your doctor or not, which you have not advised us of before. 
  • Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing. It is particularly important for sleeves to be loose. 
  • Inform the anaesthetist if you are breast-feeding. 


  • Have anything to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to the appointment. This is extremely important the only exception is routine medication, which can be taken with a little water. 
  • Drink any form of alcohol on the same day. 
  • Bring anyone with you other than the responsible adult who will take you home. Please do not bring any children with you. 

After sedation

  • Do rest for a few hours and spend the rest of the day quietly 
  • Do eat light and easily digestible food for the rest of the day. 
  • Do take any medicines, tablets or pills, which have been prescribed for you. 
  • Do not drive any vehicle, operate any machinery, use cookers, kettles or irons or make any business decisions for 24 hours following your sedation. Your reflexes and judgment may have been temporarily affected. 
  • Do not drink any form of alcohol until the following day.

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