Intravenous (into a vein) methods of sedation require more experience to be administered and monitored properly. Intravenous medications should only be administered by dentists with extensive training in these techniques.
IV sedation may be recommended if the patient:
-Can't relax or calm down enough for treatment to be performed safely, even with nitrous oxide and other behavior management techniques
-Needs oral surgery or other dental treatment that would be difficult for the patient to tolerate while completely awake
-Needs a lot of dental work that can best be done in one long appointment rather than many shorter visits
-Has a medical, physical or emotional disability that limits his or her ability to understand directions and be treated safely as an outpatient.
Some general dentists have received training and certification in IV sedation.