Intravenous (IV) sedation is a technique used in dentistry to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during various dental procedures. It involves administering sedative drugs directly into the bloodstream through a vein, typically in the arm. IV sedation is often used for more extensive dental treatments or for patients who experience high levels of anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist.
It's important to note that not all dental procedures require IV sedation, and its use depends on factors such as the patient's medical history, the complexity of the procedure, and the patient's level of anxiety. The decision to use IV sedation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the patient and the dental professional.