As the name implies, the medication is delivered intravenously. We put some medication through your arm to relax you. The goal is to keep you sedated lightly and comfortably, so you’re still breathing on your own but not too aware of what’s going on around you.
You’ll still be able to let us know if anything is bothering you and can respond to us if we ask you how you’re doing, but in many cases, you won’t remember much about your treatment. The sedationist or anaesthetist will monitor your blood pressure, pulse and breathing throughout the procedure to keep you safe, and we can make the sedation stronger or weaker as needed to keep you comfortable.
Afterwards, you’ll usually feel groggy, and you will need someone to take you home after your appointment.