Can You Drive After IV Sedation

February new patient special: Free sedation (some restrictions). Call to schedule a dental appointment or a free consultation, (303) 323-8149. 

“Can you drive after IV sedation?” is probably the most frequently asked question about IV sedation. Also known as “general anesthesia,” IV sedation is administered through an IV that’s placed in your arm, and once it’s administered, you become completely unconscious until the procedure is over.

After the procedure is completed, you’ll wake up, but you still might feel groggy or a bit out of it for several hours, which is why it’s not safe to drive. If you decide to have IV sedation, someone will need to bring you to our office and wait during your dental procedure, or return and pick you up after the treatment is completed.

Oral sedation, which is administered through a pill, also requires a ride home. With laughing gas, however, (which is the mildest form of sedation), in most cases, you can drive yourself home.

Despite the extra step of having to get someone to drive you home, IV sedation can be the best answer for many patients, allowing them to undergo treatment without anxiety or challenges.

IV sedation is a great option for:
• patients with moderate or severe dental anxiety
• complicated treatments (such as wisdom teeth extractions, root canals, or the placement of dental implants)
• patients who have a disability that makes it challenging to undergo dental treatment
• patients who would like to complete a block of treatments in a single dental visit
• patients who have trouble getting numb

Our dental office is one of the few in the Denver metro area that offers all types of dental sedation. In a free consultation, we can talk to you about your upcoming dental treatment and which type of sedation might be right for you.

For further information about our IV sedation, or to schedule a free dental consultation, please call (303) 323-8149, or e-mail

Please make note: Our dental office accepts most major types of dental insurance, including: Delta Dental Premier, Assurant, Aetna, and United Concordia. Located in Lone Tree, we’re close to Highlands Ranch, Centennial, Littleton, and Englewood.