Thousands of dentists have been specially trained to relax their patients rather than intimidate them. These doctors understand that for far too many people fear and anxiety complicate essential dental treatment. Called sedation dentists, these skilled practitioners use commonly prescribed medications to calm people. These sedatives have been in use for many years and been subjected to rigorous study. Doctors understand a great deal about how they work and interact with other medications. Usually administered by mouth, the medication leaves people fully alert and able to respond to questions. (That's why the process is called conscious sedation.) Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable. IV sedation also eliminates your anxiety and pain. Although you may lie back in the dental chair with your eyes closed, you will not be asleep during your appointment and will still be able to respond to verbal cues from your dentist. Because you are completely relaxed, your dentist can accomplish more high-quality dentistry in less time. If you have a bad gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods, IV sedation will help you with that as well. You’ll be so relaxed that you’ll be unaware of the sights, smells, and sounds of the dental office. Patients remember little-to-nothing of their appointment by the next day. These Dentists take hours of additional education in order to practice sedation.