Conscious Sedation

Intravenous Conscious Sedation is an extremely unique aid for patients with a phobia for dental procedures.  It is an anti-anxiety variety drug which is administered into the blood system during dental treatment.

With conscious sedation you are able to understand and respond to requests.  You will react to conversation and if the dentist asks you to swallow or to lift your hand, you will be able to do it, although you won’t be able to remember anything.  You are not asleep as you are with general anesthesia, but your conscience is sedated.  Most patients who have tried IV conscious sedation won’t want any dental treatment without it.

Dr van Niekerk has great empathy for patients who experience anxiety in dental settings, and his gentle approach, together with many years of experience in conscious sedation, helps to make every dental visit more comfortable for young and old.

Throughout the procedure, your pulse and oxygen levels are measured using a “pulse oximeter”.  Blood pressure is also measured before and after the procedure.

Is it safe? Are there any contraindications?

IV sedation is extremely safe!  We monitor you constantly!  However, it is contraindicated for:

  • Pregnant women
  • Known allergy to benzodiazepines
  • Alcohol Intoxication
  • CNS depression
  • Some instances of glaucoma


  1. Have an escort take you home and rest for the remainder of the day
  2. Have an adult stay with you until you’re fully alert
  3. Don’t perform any strenuous or hazardous activities and don’t drive a motor vehicle for the rest of the day.
  4. Don’t eat a heavy meal immediately.  If you’re hungry, eat something light, e.g. liquid & toast
  5. If you experience nausea, lie down for a while or drink a glass of coke.
  6. Don’t drink alcohol or take medications for the rest of the day unless you contacted your dentist first.
  7. Take medications as directed by your dentist.
  8. If you have any unusual problems, please call your dentist.